Posted on November 1st, 2013
Shrub Oak Custom Framing is pleased to announce “Essence”…
an exhibition of original artwork by Frank Detrich
in the DeWindt Gallery at Shrub Oak Custom Framing November 10, 2013 through December 15, 2013
Frank has been painting professionally since 1979 although his love of art and painting began when he was a child.
After serving 4 years in the U.S. Air Force from 1957 through 1961, Frank attended The Cooper Union in New York City and graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1967. He practiced architecture for the next 15 years on the East Coast, particularly in New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania.
Frank’s first gallery exhibition was in 1981 with continuous representation through 1991 at the Trisdonn Gallery in NYC, the Beman Gallery in Nyack, New York, and the Amann Gallery in Palm Beach, Florida with additional exhibitions at the Salmagundi Club in NYC and the Copley Society in Boston, Massachusetts.
Frank exhibited nationally from 1992 through 2004 under the representation of Marc Rosenbaum (formerly with Knoedler Galleries of New York). He continues to exhibit in galleries and at art shows, successfully selling his works and receiving commissions to produce for private collections. Currently Frank is exhibiting at the Virginia Barrett Gallery in Greenwich, Connecticut.
I am drawn to a particular place by what I can only describe as a sense of timelessness, peacefulness and universality. I often return to the same spot over the course of days, weeks, months, sometimes years before feeling ready to paint it. Although I do not work from them, I reference my visits with photographs, primarily to help recall my experience of being there as I paint in the studio.
When I paint I try to impose myself as little as possible. I simply immerse myself in the process and, guided by memory, try to recreate my experience of being there; the light, the air, the space, the season, the quality of the day. There is a meditative quality about working in this unhurried way, letting the painting tell me what it needs and watching it unfold until it is finished.
If I am successful the finished work will hold true to my memory, and anyone who cares to look can share my experience and be there with me.