Dale Frank, Travis left the priesthood after years of taunts about his savagely crooked grin and teeth, 2019. Tinted varnish, epoxyglass, on perspex, 200 x 200 cm. Courtesy: the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney.
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery presents new works by Dale Frank, one of Australia’s foremost contemporary painters. His paintings are characterised by an immediacy of process and a tense urgency of vision, the method of which he has mastered over several decades. Despite the appearance of serendipity, Frank controls his dynamic and intense process to achieve highly conscious outcomes.
The images are literally brought to the surface through calculated action as the varnishes become thicker and more complex, trapping the colours and the evidence of the process under the surface, creating a depth of pictorial space and a three dimensionality.
For decades Frank’s practice has been motivated by his ongoing empirical investigations into the potentiality of painting, finding new abilities and power in painting as integral and crucial to understanding Art today.
Exhibition opens: 6–8pm Thursday 13 June 2019.