“An Artists’ View: Across the Great Divide on Foot” By Kathleen Frank

“An Artists’ View: Across the Great Divide on Foot” By Kathleen Frank

On Display from April 3 – April 28

Join us online via zoom for the Opening Reception of this exhibition on Saturday, April 7th 2024 from 3 to 5 PM!

Exhibition Statement:

“Having been an art teacher, woodcarver, and printmaker in my formative years, I emerged as a painter, joyously overwhelmed by color and searching for patterns. Color and pattern are everywhere, but the seeing and interpretation of them are different for each of us. Pattern in nature is primal to me – which fuels my desire to find a glimmer of logic in vastly complicated, confusing, and tumbled landscapes. I do also seek out the vibrant hues in landscapes.

My oil paintings begin with a saturated red-orange backdrop. This is overlaid with the main imagery, applied with distinct brushstrokes of brilliant color. Hints of the red background peek through like a woodcut, creating a subtle impact without drawing attention away from the primary subjects.

Several times a year I travel throughout the Southwest, hiking and photographing vistas for future paintings. The goal is to catch the light and design in these scenes in all its strangeness and beauty. It is a lofty goal, but I find when the quest is shepherded with paint and brush it is a delightfully daunting adventure.”

— Kathleen Frank

Artist Biography:

Artist Kathleen Frank is in love with nature. A contemporary landscape painter, she seeks out magnificent vistas to depict in her paintings. She has hiked hundreds of miles to paint the land of the Southwest and West, capturing images of the brilliance and vivaciousness of the natural world that beg to be painted. She is willing to go to any length to reach the precise vantage point she is seeking. It may take some serious, long-distance hiking, up, down and over rocky outcroppings, a plunge down an arroyo or a sprawl in sage bushes to capture exactly what she wants, but she is never timid about climbing, trudging, and scrambling to reach the sought-after sweep or bird’s-eye view of the colorful and uniquely rugged landscapes.

Kathleen Frank lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Raised in Northern California by parents who were adventurous teachers, who hosted and nurtured hundreds of foreign students in their home and traveled around the globe with Kathleen and her sister during their free summers, Frank’s background proved invaluable in the formation of her worldview of the diversity of cultures and artistic styles. She earned a BA in Fine Art and Design from San Jose State University in 1967 and a California Teacher’s Certification in Art Education in 1968. Her first job was on Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert during the Viet Nam era. There she met her husband, an Air Force flight test engineer, who later received his PhD in Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University. Frank taught art and was introduced to woodcarving in Colorado. In Pennsylvania, where the family had moved for her husband’s university position, that woodcarving led to a printmaking program at Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Arts degree in 1993. She continued to travel the globe with her family, meeting and learning from artists around the world. She co-founded the Printmakers Studio Workshop of Central Pennsylvania, where printmakers conducted classes and held community art exhibitions. During that time, Frank taught printmaking and costume design at The Greer School, as well as guest lecturing throughout the state and exhibiting the masks and costumes she designed.

She began a gradual shift to painting in a style reminiscent of the marks of a woodcarver-printmaker. Her paintings express how pattern and repetition entice her. Discovering this in nature is primal to Frank – finding a glint of logic in complex jumbled terrains and instinctively favoring a semblance of orderliness among the randomness of our landscapes.

In her studio, she examines every photo to select images she wants to paint. To Frank, any photo may be a gem in disguise. What resonates for her, whether a tranquil panorama or a robust display, is if a resplendent unguarded emotion is asserting itself.

Her oil paintings begin with a saturated red-orange backdrop. Frank knows the ground will poke through and feels what would be more joyful than red? She thinks of Swedish Dala horses, Chinese luck symbols and the tropical setting sun. Using broad single brushstrokes of brilliant color for her overlaid imagery, hints of the background peek through like a woodcut, creating an understated influence on the overall painting, enhancing yet not diverting from the imagery.

Frank is irresistibly drawn to vibrant color. She looks for the splendor and gaiety of life around her. She catches light and design in all its strangeness and beauty. While the colors in an image will dictate choices to a degree, the process of selecting hues and highlighting or muting is an active one, determined by what she is choosing to accentuate. When, for instance, her yellows are surrounded by blue-violets, purples and red-violets, she thinks “now you’ve got something to look at that is striking and vibrant and joyous.” This is where the playfulness of art making is found for her. Frank is not averse to making repeat patterns rather than showing every distinctive bit of landscape. The details she chooses to emphasize can be purely aesthetic. The overall essence and atmosphere of the image dictates what matters, and which peripheral details are not relevant. She acknowledges that she is not above adding a dramatic sky to a painting.

Another part of her painting process that Frank exults in is using oils – she loves the feel of the paint. She has proclaimed, “Let’s face it, the smell feels like creativity itself.”

Frank’s work was selected for Art in Embassies, U.S. Department of State, Ambassador’s residence, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and she won the Curator’s Choice Award at the Art in the West exhibit, High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon.

To learn more about Frank and her work, visit her website.

“Earth Our Home” by Rubina Anjum

“Earth Our Home” by Rubina Anjum

On Display from December 12, 2023 – March 24, 2024

Join us for the Opening Reception of this exhibition in the Sip Art Gallery at IAMA on Saturday, January 13, 2024.

Exhibition Statement:

The Planet Earth series aims to celebrate the Beauty of the earth from space and to demonstrate alternate ways to view and engage the world. The Concept is the creation of artwork that has been inspired by the satellite images of the earth taken from a distance of 270 to 300 miles above sea level.

The landscapes fuel my imagination and induce adrenaline highs while summoning tremendous peace. The raw beauty of the planet emerges as a series of initially unrecognizable shapes and forms. The paintings present the earth on a grand scale where human impact is difficult to discern, but in some cases is most certainly there. The broad perspective allows the language of the landforms to surface. The Earth communicates stories of events and inhabitants embedded in reality and fantasy: shapes of animals dance in fire scars, wind blows patterns in the sand, and sediment fans out intricate arteries.

The artistic style employed is realism with blends of impressionism and expressionism.

In appearance and form, my art looks mostly contemporary. In addition to using traditional and old masters techniques for oil and canvas, I fuse watercolor and oil painting techniques. I have written poetry for some of the paintings as a way to communicate stories that the images have inspired in me. The subject matter is what very few contemporary artists have attempted; thus in its content, scope and rendering it may be a completely new idea in the art world. The landscapes have elevated and inspired me; I hope the paintings arouse similar emotions in those who view my artwork.

“Tanami Desert (Hidden Portraits)” by Rubina Anjum

Artist Biography: 

Rubina Anjum is a visual artist from Austin, Texas.

Rubina is the Inaugural Artist-in-Residence at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. In her art studio at the Austin Airport. She is working on a four-part series called “From Austin Airport to the universe. The first of these large-scale oil on canvas paintings is on display at gate 25 within the main Austin Airport terminal. Through this series, she wants to provide impetus for the viewers to launch on a transformative, visual journey of tranquility and wonder; by forging a connection between our immediate surroundings to the vast expanse of the universe. Through the Austin Airports Art’s Program, she shares artistic practice with travelers. Her art-making videos are airing 24/7 at checkpoint 2, near American Airlines; they fuse moments of beauty, contemplation, and inspiration into the journeys of diverse travelers.

Through her art inspired by satellite imagery she communicates the beauty of the natural world. She works extensively with oil on canvas and watercolor on paper. She expresses her creative vision using different artistic styles and mediums While uncovering extraordinary vistas from Space.

Her main body of work is the “Planet Earth Series One’ which comprises twenty large scale oil on canvas paintings inspired by satellite imagery; Eleven of these were displayed in the Moore’s Crossing Gallery at the Austin Airport in 2019 for a period of six months. From 2017 till 2021 she participated in the Austin Studio tour for five consecutive years. Her solo exhibition featuring her entire Planet Earth Series One’ took place at Tel Art Gallery in Austin during the fall of 2019. Rubina’s Planet ‘Earth Series One’ are on display at the Museum Exhibition at IAMA (International Art Museum of America) in San Francisco from Dec 12th 2023 till Mar 24th 2024.

Embracing the digital age Rubina utilizes online platforms plus social media to share her creative process which also include some free art lessons. Her objective is to provide new avenues for acquiring, appreciating, understanding and creating art. Rubina believes that creativity will propel us forward as a species.

Rubina Anjum standing in front of her painting “Mother Earth”

Websites and Social Media:

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