• Seijaku 703
    • Oil on Canvas
    • 50" x 50"
    • Seijaku 708
    • Oil on Canvas
    • 38" x 42"
    • Seijaku 719
    • Oil on Canvas
    • 72" x 72"
    • Seijaku 709
    • Oil on Canvas
    • 38" x 42"
    • Seijaku 712
    • Oil on Canvas
    • 60" x 60"
    • Seijaku 715
    • Oil on Canvas
    • 38" x 48"
    • Seijaku 707
    • Oil on Canvas
    • 24" x 48"
    • Seijaku 716
    • Oil on Canvas
    • 38" x 48"
    • Seijaku 713
    • Oil on Canvas
    • 72" x 72"
    • Seijaku 702
    • Oil on Canvas
    • 48" x 56"
    • Seijaku 705
    • Oil on Canvas
    • 65" x 108"
    • TOC #9 Green, Yellow, Violet
    • Oil and Graphite on Canvas
    • 50" x 52"
    • TOC #7, Indigo, Violet, Yellow
    • Oil and Graphite on Canvas
    • 44" x 46"
    • TOC #8 Mars Violet, Green
    • Oil and Graphite on Canvas
    • 38" x 40"
    • TOC #4 Green, Blue, Rose
    • Oil and Graphite on Canvas
    • 38" x 40"
    • TOC #10 Grey, Blue, Green
    • Oil and Graphite on Canvas
    • 50" x 52"
    • SOLD
    • TPC #18, Yellow, Black
    • Oil and Graphite on Canvas
    • 38" x 40"
    • Surface #1
    • Oil on Canvas, Rice Paper with Graphite
    • 55" x 55"
    • Surface #2
    • Oil on Canvas, Rice Paper with Graphite
    • 55" x 55"
    • Surface #3
    • Oil on Canvas, Rice Paper with Graphite
    • 55" x 55"
    • Surface #4
    • Oil on Canvas, Rice Paper with Graphite
    • 55" x 55"
    • Primary Yellow #6
    • Oil on Canvas
    • 58" x 58"
    • SOLD
    • Primary Blue #4
    • Oil on Canvas
    • 58" x 58"
    • Primary Red #2
    • Oil on Canvas
    • 58" x 58"
    • The Other Primary #1
    • Oil on Canvas
    • 58" x 58"
    • Primary Red #1
    • Oil on Canvas
    • 58" x 58"
    • SOLD
    • Primary Blue #7
    • Oil on Canvas
    • 38" x 40"
    • SOLD
    • Primary Yellow #8
    • Oil on Canvas
    • 38" x 40"
    • Primary Yellow #5
    • Oil on Canvas
    • 58" x 58"
    • SOLD
    • Primary Blue #3
    • Oil on Canvas
    • 58" x 58"
    • SOLD
    • The Other Primary #4
    • Oil on Canvas
    • 58" x 58"
    • SOLD
    • The Other Primary #3
    • Oil on Canvas
    • 58" x 58"
    • TOC #10 Grey-Blue, Green
    • Oil on Canvas
    • 50" x 52"

Artist Statement

My work emerges from the aesthetic power of Asian design elements. I explore non-objective line, symbolic circles (enso), squares, and the relationship among color, content and opposites. It reflects the juxtaposition of complexities versus simplicities;large simplistic planes of glazed luminous color fused with shapes and complex areas of spontaneous gestural lines. I seek to eliminate the unnecessary so the necessary may speak. The result is the harmonizing of ostensible opposites (yin & yang); therefore, creating balance.

This body of work is particularly important to me. It is a challenge to leave the comfort and seduction of intense color, while finding new ways to communicate with the viewer. David Batchelor said it so well;“luminous grey palettes can be potentially as rich and complex as other colors, yet in their own way, very unlike other colors. The grey makes the luminous more luminous and the luminous makes the grey so much greyer.”In this series Surface, my paintings emanate more than a visible or tactile outward appearance. Every stroke, every layer, emerges and contributes to the exterior and interior surface, occasionally revealing itself to the viewer.

Artist Bio

Bio- Carlene Frances

 

Frances holds a BFA in painting and drawing from Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. She attended Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan before moving to Colorado in 1974 where she currently resides.  Her medium is oils and uses as many as 20-30 layers of thin   transparent glazes creating depth and luminosity in her paintings.

Frances is inspired by aesthetes of Asian design elements and eastern philosophy. The journey of finding peace and calm is expressed through Frances’ creative practice, where she applies the Buddhist principal of Shunyata–dwelling in emptiness, to her canvases by eliminating the unnecessary so the necessary may speak.

Frances has been exhibiting professionally since 1997; her work has been featured in major national and international exhibitions, such as Brownsville Museum of Fine Art, Brownsville, TN, Civic Gallery at Azamino, Yokohama, Japan, Nagasaki Art Museum, International Exhibit, Nagasaki, Japan, Riverside Art Museum, CA.   Palazzo della Provinic, Frosinone, Italy, Oceanside Museum of Art, CA., Chelsea Art Museum in New York, NY, and many others. Frances’ work has also been acquired by many public and private collections, including: Museum of Modern Art, Wales, UK, National Museum of Brazil/Museu Brasilerio da Escultura, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Flux Museum, Fort Worth, TX, Kentler International Drawing Space, Permanent Collection, Brooklyn, NY and the Marriott International Inc., Renaissance Hotel, Charleston, SC.

 

Selected Exhibitions

 

Carlene Frances

 

Selected Solo, Invitational, and Juried Exhibition

2019  Valdosta State University, Valdosta National 2019, Juried Exhibit, Dedo

Maranville Fine Arts Gallery, Valdosta, Georigia

2019  ART Squared, A Two Person Exhibit Seijaku, Boulder CO

2019  Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Colorado Abstract +10: A History & A Survey ,   

Invitational Exhibit, Arvada CO

2018  Brownsville Museum of Fine Art, 46th Internatioanl Art Show, Juried group

Exhibit, Brownsville, TX

2018  K Contemporaray Gallery, Seijaku, Solo Exhbit, Denver, CO

2017  Space Gallery, White, Invitational Group Exhibit, Denver, CO

2017  Globe Fine Art, Translucency, Solo Exhibit, Santa Fe, NM

2017  Yokohama Civic Gallery, 25th International Exhibit, Yokohama, Japan

2016  Metropolitian State University Center for the Visual Arts, Colorado Woman in  

          Astraction, Invitational Exhibit, Denver, CO

2016  Nagasaki Art Museum, International Exhibit, Nagasaki, Japan

2016  Highline Gallery, Solo Exhibit, Retina, Boulder, CO

2016  Space Gallery, Expanding the Dialogue…., Denver, CO

2016  Rogue West Gallery, Power of Spirit, Two Person Exhibit, Steamboat

Springs, CO.

2016  Park View Gallery, LELA International Exhibit, Los Angles, CA.

2015  Riverside Art Museum, California Dreaming, Riverside, CA

2015  Nagasaki Prefectual Art Museum, International Exhibit, Nagasaki, Japan

2015  The Painting Center, The Writing on the Wall, New York City, NY

2015  Space Gallery, Nature’s Line, Denver, CO

2014  Ice Cube Gallery, Ice Breaker 5, Juried Exhibit  Denver, CO

2014  Space Gallery, Fusion V, Invitational Exhibit, Denver, CO

2014  Palazzo della Provinic di Frosinoe, California Dreaming, Frosinone, Italy

2014  Oceanside Museum of Art, California Dreaming, Oceanside, CA

2013  Republic Plaza, Total Abstration, Denver, CO

2013  Space Gallery, Mind Over Matter, Denver, CO

2013  Arvada Center for the Arts, Art of the State, Juried Exhibit, Arvada CO

2013  Republic Plaza, Total Abstraction, Invitional Exhbit, Denver, CO

2012  Space Gallery,The Other Primary Colors; White Black Grey, Denver, CO

2012  Cultural Arts Council Fine Arts Gallery, Abstract Expressions,

Invitational Group Exhibit, Estes Park, CO

2011  Lowery Gallery, Poetic Synthesis, Invitational Exhbit, Community College

of Aurora, CO

2011  Chelsea Art Museum, 1st International Juried Peace Art NYC Exhibition,

International Juried Exhibit, NYC, NY

2010  Spark Gallery, Biennial Juired Exhibit, Big Themes/Small Work,

Denver, CO

2010  Museum of Modern Art, International Juried Exhibit, A Book About Death,

Wales, UK.

2010  National Museum of Brazil/Museu Brasilerio da Escultura 2010,

International Invitaional Exhibit, A Book About Death, Sao Paulo, Brazil

2010   Flux Museum, FluxFace in Space, Fort Worth, TX

2009  The Dairy Center for the Arts 2009, Juried Exhibit, Enso The Circle,

Boulder, CO

2008  Curtis Art & Humanities Center, Juried Exhibit, 25th (2008) , 20th (2003), 17th     

                (2000), 16th (1999) Annual All Colorado Art Show, Greenwood Village, CO

2007  Denver Public Library, Santa Fe Drive Art District Exhbit, Denver, CO

2004  Susan K. Arndt Gallery, Mountain Valley Women Artists 2004, Red Rocks

Community College, Lakewood, CO

2004  The Lincoln Center, NCAA13th National Art Exhibition 2004, Fort Collins, CO

2004  Evergreen Arts Center, Contemporary Art Exhibit, Evergreen, CO

2002  Museum of Contemporary Art, Regional Juried Exhibit, Rocky Mountain     

          Biennial, Fort Collins, CO

2000  Canyon Road Contemporary Art, National Invitational,  Juried

Exhibit, Santa Fe, NM

 

Museum and Corporate Collections

2016  Envision Healthcare, Denver, CO

2014  Willow Creek Dental, Lonetree, CO

2012  Dean Evans & Associates, Greenwood Village, CO

2010  Flux Museum, Fort Worth, TX

2010  Museum of Modern Art, (MOMA), Wales, UK

2010  National Museum of Brazil/Museu Brasilerio da Escultura (MUBE),

Sao Paulo, Brazil

2009  Marriott International Inc., Renaissance Hotel, Charleston, SC

2009  Kentler International Drawing Space Permanent Collection, Brooklyn, NY

2008  AMS Health Inc., Denver, CO.

2008  DCG Law Firm, Broomfield, CO

2007  Towne & Country Real Estate Company, Denver, CO

2007  Law Firm of Castle, Meinhold & Stawjarski LLC, Denver, CO

2000  Law Firm of Huttner & Huttner, Denver, CO

1998  Summit Financial, Englewood, CO

1998  Mississippi Dental, Aurora, CO

1998  Stephens Finanical, Denver, CO

 

Education

1998  BFA, Painting and Drawing, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design,

Denver, CO

1972  Kendal College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Grand

Rapids, MI

1970  Schoolcraft College, Livonia, MI

 

Awards

Awards, Recognition, Publications

2018  Publidhed Review in Westword Magazine by Michael Paglia, Seijaku, Solo

exhibit, K Contempoaray, Denver, CO

2018  Publish Article in ARTBEAT Magazine, Carlene Frances, Non-Referentially Speaking,   

Denver, CO

2015  Published Review in Westword Magazine by Michael Paglia, Natures’s

Line Exhibit, Space Gallery Denver, CO

2015  6th, 2015 Artslant Prise Showcase Competition winner.

2013  Recognition by Westword’s Best of Denver, “Best Group Show”, The Other     

           Primary Colors; White Black Grey, Space Gallery, Denver, CO

2013  Published Review in Westword by Michael Paglia, Mind Over Matter   

           Exhibit, Space Gallery, Denver CO 

2013   Recognition by Westword’s Best of Denver 2013, “Best Big Show    

           Colorado Art”, Art of the State, Arvada Center For The Arts, Arvada, CO

2013  Arvada Center For The Arts Exhibit Catalog, Art Of The  State, Arvada, CO

2013  Published Review in Westword by Michae Paglia, Art of the State, Arvada

Center For The Arts, Arvada CO

2012  Space Gallery Exhibit Catalog, The Other Primary Colors; White Black Grey     

           Denver, CO

2012  Published Review in Westword by Michael Paglia, The Other     Primary    

           Colors; White Black Grey. Denver, CO

2011  Space Gallery Exhibit Catalog, Fusion IV, Denver, CO

2011  Published, Tao Te Ching, by RZ Foster, Painting on Book Cover

2010  Flux Museum Exhibit Catalog, FluxFace in Space, Fort Worth, TX.

2008  Home & Gardens TV, 22 Paintings featured and filmed in Denver,  Designed

by architect Suzette Evans for HGTV series, “My Amazing Renovation”
2007  Orbitz Design Published, Corporate Calendar, Denver, CO

2007  Published Article, Art of the Four Corners Magazine, Fall Issue, Full page

article on Fusion Exhibit, page 68

2007  Published Book, Fusion: Painting and Poetry

2006  Curators Choice Award, Art for Aids Exhibit, Denver, CO

2004  First Place Award, Contemporary Art Exhibition, Evergreen Center for the Arts,

Evergreen, CO

2002  Award of Merit, 3rd Annual Artful Women Exhibit, Fremont Center for the Arts,

Canon City, CO

2000  Award of Excellence, National Invitational, Canyon Road Contemporary Art

Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

1997-2001, RMCAD Published Mural, Integration of Space, Rocky Mountain

College of Art & Design College Catalog, Denver, CO

 

 

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