Frank’s experience with abstract expressionist paintings, outside his history of art classes, continues to evolve. It initially began with a chance meeting one day with an art professor from Syracuse University who offered a fresh philosophical approach and insight into painting, drawing and design.
He invited Frank to his farm near Lake Skaneateles, one of the Finger Lakes in Central New York, not far from where Frank was living at the time. It was a hands-on experience in which he simply stated, as they climbed up to the second floor of a remodeled rustic barn where his small class of students met with a live model, “If you wish to paint, then paint.” And that was the beginning – from painting simple objects, landscapes, nudes and primarily in the abstract. Abstract expressionism for Frank has “a seductively primitive and colorful quality. It precedes the known. Its value is a matter for the individual within the marketplace underscored by emotion and thought.”
A portion of Frank’s paintings, are shown below. Several paintings have been donated to auctions for non-profit organizations and an increasing number are hanging on the walls of professional firms and private homes. Frank continues to periodically experiment, dabbling in more realistic landscapes and nudes but prefers the stimulation of the abstract with a focus on commissioned works.
Frank uses acrylic or oil, generally on oversized canvases that have deep staple-free edges to accommodate paint – canvas depths are from 1.5″ to 3″ with overall canvas sizes ranging from 36″x 36″, 36″x 48″, 48″x 72″ and larger.
“Authentic, organic and original with layers of texture.” DS
“His artwork has developed an indigenous idiom that likewise communicates the inner experience of color. They represent the many facets of what appears to be the familiar, intimate setting of an unspeakable, breathless relationship to undefined objects through the medium that communicates their presence, color. These are not paintings in the traditional sense, but rather documents of a movement of color.” Professor Viola Timm, Ph.D.
A few samples: