Frank Oriti, ‘I Got Stripes’, 2014, The Bonfoey Gallery

About Frank Oriti

Frank Oriti paints blue-collar workers whose opportunities have run out. Primarily men whom the Cleveland-born artist grew up with, his subjects are individuals who attempted to escape their Midwestern suburban hometowns but, despite attending college or entering the military, ended up back where they started. Oriti depicts their moment of return, what he calls their “settling”. Standing against whitewashed backgrounds meant to evoke the uniformity of suburban housing, each subject appears weighted down, either by lack of opportunity or their own disappointment. Rather than look out toward the viewer, their weary expressions are withdrawn, as though they are being pulled backward in time.

American, b. 1983, Cleveland, OH, United States, based in Cleveland, OH, United States

Solo Shows on Artsy

2013
Homeland, RJD Gallery, Bridgehampton

Group Shows on Artsy

2017
NO BOUNDARIES, RJD Gallery, Bridgehampton
2017
Urban Revival, RJD Gallery, Bridgehampton
2016
The Princess and the Provocteur, RJD Gallery, Bridgehampton
2016
Cleveland By Clevelanders, The Bonfoey Gallery, Cleveland

Fair History on Artsy