Featured Artist Robert Frankel | Wilmette, IL @robertfrankelart I was always fascinated with the idea that colors can have an effect on our emotional, physical, and mental states. Examples of this can be found in the expressions, “seeing red” or “having the blues. I like to use bright bold colors set against each other in a geometric structure to create energy and…
I am a neoOutsider artist. I’m a Southerner who came to art late in life as the result of personal trauma. My work is infused with my belief in God whose hand guides me.
Born in 1965 in Paris. Self-taught artist. I live in Rennes (Brittany, France)
In 1986, I created with Bathelemy Schwartz the revue Dorénavant, one of the first avant-garde revue of comics theory: this revue (1986 – 1988) proposed a new definition of the comic strip as a simple juxtaposition of pictures. Also, were included with the comics some paintings of Klee, Kandinsky or Picasso. This statement was also a way to create a new connection between comics and paintings: what was at stake then, was not the graphics (like for Lichtenstein or Combas) but the division of the canvas. Thanks to this, the painting would find again its very old and deep temptation: the illusion of time, which can create a narrative or a musical dimension.
The French comics’ world reacted sometimes with curiosity but most of the time with rejection. The art world ignored it.
From 1988 to 2006, I gave up painting and drawing and rather liked to write novels and essays.
I am inspired by accidental arrangements, pareidolia and dreams . These effects produce a quality of consciousness that makes art a magical journey for me. Much of my work is automatic , it happens while I do it. I enjoy this process of discovering a narrative. When I’m not painting, I’m busy making hand made jewelry.
Born in Amsterdam, Holland, my family emigrated to New York in the ’60s, eventually settling in Los Angeles. Art has occupied me from my earliest recollection. As a youngster, I would travel to the public library, return with 10 art books, devour them, then return for 10 more. Though I never had any formal training or, indeed, any sort of academic career, I educated myself through visits to museums and galleries, and, of course, by doing the work. Along with an intimacy with art, I have always considered it equally important and rewarding to maintain a bond with literature, music and the liberal arts. Every artist has to invent painting for themselves. I want to create compelling and original art, and have been fortunate to find outlets for my work along the way as well as support from some people who like what I do.