Highlights from The Armory Show 2013
Natalie Frank seeks to convey the complexity and mutability of identity through through her lush and visceral compositions. Her oil-on-canvas and mixed-media paintings are centered around the human figure, rendered semi-abstract through her bold and dramatic handling of paint, which ultimately reveals the struggle of being human. The artist draws inspiration from various periods of literary and art history, including the Italian Renaissance masters, the German and Austrian Expressionists, and the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tales. Frank’s work can be found in the collections of The Whitney Museum of American Art and the Williams College Museum of Art, among others.
In her oil-on-canvas and mixed-media paintings, Natalie Frank plumbs human nature, seeking to convey, through her roiling, lush, and visceral compositions, the complexity and mutability of identity. As she describes: “The narrative—the stories that people tell and use to construct their lives, whether it be religious, humanistic, mythical, social, was and is my entry point in painting and the figure.” Frank, who has been called a “painter’s painter”, draws inspiration from literature and art history, and cites the Grimm brothers’ fairy tales, Italian Renaissance painting, the German and Austrian Expressionists, and R.B. Kitaj as influences. Her works—ranging from small-scale portraits to large narrative scenes—are centered on the human figure, rendered semi-abstract and in heighted physical and emotional states. Frank is a storyteller. Through her bold, dramatic handling of paint, she reveals the struggle of being human.
American, b. 1980, Austin, Texas, based in New York, New York