March 4, 2020
Now offering internationally exhibited Zoey Frank's engaging paintings in the gallery.
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Zoey Frank is a distinguished young representational oil painter whose work includes perceptual painting, narrative and formal investigations. Frank’s paintings are modern in aesthetic but steeped in the academic understanding. Trained in a classical atelier setting at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, Frank then completed an MFA at the Laguna College of Art and Design. The combination of a classical training and a more progressive contemporary theory has allowed Frank to use multiple techniques and approaches in one cohesive style. In her most recent paintings Frank has been painting mundane objects she encounters on a daily basis. She states, “painting these objects again and again in series mirrors how we engage with them: repetitively and towards a purpose.” Because the objects painted are unremarkable, Frank focuses on the shapes of the objects themselves and the patterns created in their surroundings. There is no grand narrative to distract from the designs. Frank explains, “Their very banality helps me to turn my focus away from the objects themselves and towards the image as a whole: the flat shapes, the balance of light and dark, and the interaction of color.” The result is paintings that are remarkably approachable and modern. Abstraction has entered Frank’s paintings in her attempt to focus on time and space. She says, “As compositional problems come up, I’ve started using arbitrary planes of color rather than objects to resolve them. This has freed me up to make intuitive changes while I’m painting. As I make changes to balance out the composition, the space of the painting becomes fragmented in a way that interests me.” That fragmentation helps make the most ordinary objects seem different and interesting. Zoey has received numerous honors and awards, including an Elizabeth Greensheilds grant in 2013, the Artist’s Magazine All Media Competition Grand Prize of 2012, the Hudson River Fellowship in 2012, scholarships from the Albert K. Murray foundation, the Stacy Foundation and the Art Renewal Center. Her work has been featured in Fine Art Connoisseur, International Artist’s Magazine, Artist’s Magazine, and Southwest Art among other publications. Zoey has shown her work in solo and group exhibitions in Amsterdam, Italy, New York, Philadelphia, Denver, Los Angeles, Nashville. She works from her studio in Loveland, Colorado.

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