Biography

ARTIST STATEMENT

As a Black and White Art Photographer, I primarily photographed people on the street, interiors and sometimes formal settings. I began to feel drawn to color, so I turned to Oil Painting and focused on the representational and interpretive portrayal of my Subjects. Painting in vibrant colors allows me to communicate the subtle interplay of  light, reality, impression and expression.

Space, for me, is redefined by the mingling of bright colors and gray-toned color, dappled strokes of light uniting to create a singular reality. With my foothold in representational imagery and an understanding of the underlying geometry of composition, I explore the spatial architecture of the visual. My painting exists at the juncture between modernism and history.

PUBIC RELATIONS PAINTINGS REVIEW
American painter Larry Frank has previously trained as a photographer, giving him a sharp sensitivity to light that shines in his impressionist oil compositions. His portraits, figure paintings and landscapes, though rooted in realism and a keen awareness of art history, possess nearly surreal brilliance. Sharp details of facial features and dark tones in wooded vistas emerge from a bold palette of pale greens, yellows and blues. The powerful light that Frank conveys in his thick, gestural brushstrokes pushes his painting towards abstraction in pieces that often evoke Cézanne.
The sun-filled aesthetic that characterizes most of his canvases conveys not only a sense of warmth, but also a mood of optimism, even jubilance. Thick daubs of darker blues, reds, purples and blacks, set amidst white-hot hues, attain a kind of weightlessness, a powerful and captivating sense of being charged and unpredictable. By shining such strong light onto his subjects, Frank very nearly sets them abla

ze and lends them an incredible new energy.

BRIEF HISTORY

14_1_In the studio, Maine Artic VortexBorn 1945, New York City
Grew up in Queens, New York

SCHOOL AND LEARNING
The Cooper Union, NYC
University of Illinois Masters Graphic Arts Program
The Art Students League, NYC
Spring Street Studio, NYC
Educational Alliance Oil Painting, NYC
Broome Street Painting Atelier, NYC
Alpha Workshop, Faux Arts, NYC
International Center of Photography, NYC
University of Montana Summer Photography Program
Cape Cod School of Photography

TEACHING
Adult Oil Painting, The Educational Alliance, NYC, 2013

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE, CHERRYCAKES STUDIO, PENANG, MALAYSIA

May 2013
Traveled in Asia and painted at the Residence using acrylics on both canvas paper and drawing paper.  My objective for this trip was to break out of my comfort zone and to explore/expand my universe of cultures, images, color with a freer style.  Working with acrylics was an unforeseen challenge as the paints and mediums reacted to the extremes of temperature and humidity.

SHOWS, COMPETITIONS AND COMMISSIONS

ARTEXPO, NYC, April 2014
Art Spectrum, Miami, Florida, December 2013
House Gallery, London
Tsvetaev Museum, Moscow – painting part of the permanent collection
A Collaborate Evening of Art and Dining with Larry Frank and Patricia Clark, Nomad Restaurant, NYC
Agora Gallery, Chelsea, NYC
The Art of Fashion, NYC
Fairway Studios, NYC
Berkeley College Art Gallery, NYC
Competitions and Shows: New York, Florida, Georgia, California, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Washington DC
West Side Arts Coalition, NYC
-Office of the Manhattan Borough President, NYC
-Broadway Mall, NYC
-East Village Public Library, NYC
-St Francis College, Brooklyn NY
Wall Murals and On Canvas Paintings for Designer Show Houses with Richard Schlesinger, Long Island, NY
Portrait, Landscape and Still Life Commissions
Children’s Nursery Wall Painting Murals
Several Competitions- Awards for Black and White Photography and Photography Annuals, Fine Art Magazines
Oxheart and Gowanus Circus Shows, NYC & Brooklyn
Washington Chavez at K&M, Williamsburg Brooklyn
Silverpoint Gallery, Huntington, NY
Contemporary Art Fair, Javits Center, NYC
New York Realism Show, NYC

COLLECTIONS
Paintings, Photography and Original One of a Kind Needlepoint in more than 29 private Collections, US and Finland

PRIOR WORK HISTORY
Art Director- several Studios, NYC
Art Director – Avon Products, NYC
Creative Director Avon Products-Domestic and International, NYC, Latin America and Spain
Creative Director- Fingerhut, MN
Vice President Creative for Brylane (now Red Cats)/Lane Bryant and Shareholder Communications, NYC.
Independent Art Photographer and Photo Assistant in Studio, NYC