FRANK WEBSTERAmerican b. 1966

FRANK WEBSTERAmerican b. 1966

With a certain dispassion, Frank Webster paints and draws meditative urban landscapes wherein architectural structures and other human footprints co-exist with natural elements. For instance, a skyscraper reaches majestically to the clouds (The Tower, 2009) or plastic bags flutter from tree branches in which they are entangled (Plastic Bags, 2009). Neither critiquing nor celebrating modernity, Webster simply conveys the post-industrial experience in a poetic yet unsentimental manner. “The everyday world is made transcendent and strange—and is imbued with an ethereal and melancholy beauty,” he explains. Drawing on the traditions of realism and minimalism, his tonal precision and use of matte, de-saturated colors lend his acrylic canvases a depth and color typically associated with oil painting. He layers thin coats of transparent paint and varnish to add richness to the colors and achieve a subtle gradation.

Webster is a painter who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Webster received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his MFA from the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. He also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Webster is the recipient of numerous awards including the Pollock Krasner and the Golden Foundation Individual Artist Award. He has shown in solo and group exhibitions in New York at Blackston Gallery, Storefront Bushwick, Sara Meltzer Gallery and White Columns, among others. He has been awarded residencies at The Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program, PS 122, Virginia Commonwealth University, The Ucross Foundation, The Corporation of Yaddo, The Ragdale Foundation and The MacDowell Colony.