Lucy Fradkin: Family Portrait
Opening Thursday, March 25, 6-8pm
Exhibition continues through May 1, 2010
The Nancy Margolis Gallery is pleased to announce the opening Lucy Fradkin: Family Portrait. Fradkin, NY, will exhibit acrylic gouache and mixed media figurative paintings from 2008-2010. Lucy Fradkin, is a self-taught artist who at first glance could be viewed as an outsider or a naïf artist, however, her sophisticated awareness of art history and contemporary art currents places her in a different category. Fradkin initially tried her hand at realism but was intuitively drawn to, and influenced stylistically by ancient frescoes and mosaics of the Etruscan, Roman and Byzantine periods and Indian and Persian miniatures. Choosing subjects close to home, her husband and his Jamaican family, friends and family, Fradkin blends the personal and the abstract.
For the past twelve years Fradkin has concentrated on a series of grouped or single figures placed in domestic settings painted in oil or gauche on paper and board. As the paintings evolved Fradkin added collage elements taken from old catalogues, field guides and vintage books. These motifs and designs meticulously worked enrich the surface and the imagery. The mood in her paintings, light, and cheerful contrast palpably with a sad resignation, and lonely disconnect expressed by her figures. Bright color, repeating patterns, abstract forms and flat planes; these elements are distinct characteristic found in Fradkin’s work.
Fradkin is a recipient of numerous residencies and awards including a 2009 Pollock-Krasner Grant. Fradkin has exhibited internationally and been an invited lecturer on campuses throughout New York and in Italy. All images from Lucy Fradikin: Family Portrait may be viewed on the gallery website www.nancymargolisgallery.com