Discipline: Visual Art – painting, Visual Art – photography, Visual Art – printmaking

Nancy Frank

Discipline: Visual Art – painting, Visual Art – photography, Visual Art – printmaking
Region: New York, NY
MacDowell fellowships: 1976

Nancy B. Frank has worked successfully in mediums as varied as wooden jewelry, sculptured cakes, painted furniture, and photography, but she feels she has finally hit her stride as a painter of horses.

Although Frank ultimately earned an M.F.A. in photo-printmaking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison after receiving a B.F.A. in painting at Ohio Wesleyan University, she routinely shied away from horses as a suitable subject matter. This changed when she began doing equestrian travel to different countries and cultures.

Until then, the artist’s two primary disciplines, B&W photography and painting, had never been able to merge in the studio. Because of the new age of digital photography, Frank was able to paint from her original digital color photographs.

Frank found herself finally painting horses, with her photographer’s eye and her horse lover’s heart. Her extra large canvases are close-up and tightly cropped, filling the space with manes and reins and parts of bits and bridles. From them one senses both the power and the restlessness of the animal, and the intimacy of his relationship to his rider, which is what creates the tension in Frank’s paintings.

Studios

Putnam

Nancy Frank worked in the Putnam studio.

The Graphics Studio, converted to its present use in 1972–1974 through a grant from the Putnam Foundation, originally served the property as both a power house and pump house. Well water was pumped from a large cistern to Hillcrest, the Foreman’s Cottage, and the lower buildings closer to Union Street. Inside the building, an engine powered…

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