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Opening Reception for the Artists
Fourth Friday, March 27, 2015
7:00-10:00 pm

Free and Open to the Public

Closing Artist Talk
Sunday, April 19, 2015
2:00 pm

Free and Open to the Public

March 27 - April 19, 2015

Wordless Ocean, Pencil Sky
recent paintings and drawings

Main and Frable Galleries

Double exhibition with Hill Gallery

  • The Cole Mind | Former Richmond painter Frank Cole returns to town with a starkly apocalyptic vision. by Edwin Slipek

  • "Wordless Ocean, Pencil Sky," my double exhibition with artspace Gallery and Hill Gallery is my first solo show in Richmond in over twenty years.

    The shows will consist of approximately fifty paintings and drawings done over the last two years or so. The images are of ocean waves and skies. The titles of each piece are stamped in ink on each piece to allow an accessible entry point to the gestalt of each work. 

    I chose ocean and sky to offer up my feelings about man's arrogance toward nature, as well as nature's indifference to man, and the resulting emotional pressure that builds up. The vulnerability of weather and wave, but more so, the vulnerability of man. 

    My use of storm, sunset and sunrise, and wave imagery also suggest the passage of time and the fleeting quality of time. These are images of events that occur every day but are infinitely changing. I want to respond/paint to these common events and let them tell a story.

    Storms and clouds become explosions or threats. Read the news. Waves are drawn over, graffiti like, by man. Shootings in Newtown, beheadings in the Mid-East, severe weather enabled by man. Read the news. Fracking and pipelines, fragile beachfront, officers and citizens down. Read the news. 

    Take the folly of man's bouts with nature and nature's ensuing  scream, compress the image, use color and stroke, and tell a story the only way I know how. With paint.

    Frank Cole

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