KELLY FRANKÉ

Full-Time Artist  &

Owner + Operator of  CLEARED ARTISTS, LLC

ARTIST STATEMENT

Drawing is a process of building and searching. I’ve always been attracted to landscapes that are architecturally intricate. The harder it is to draw, the greater my need is to conquer it on paper. However, my interest is not in photo realism. My focus is primarily on linear elements, and how I can achieve explicit detail with minimal, elegant lines. I strive to map out structural proportions perfectly. In attempt to balance accuracy with play, I allow certain moments to remain unfinished, as if faded away. Upon closer inspection, scribbling. Exposed construction lines echo traditional blueprints. Essentially my drawings are constructions – some literal, others more allusive. 

When drawing on wood, the first thing I do is study its grain. Each piece tells a story - defines a mood. Directional grains speak to sky and water. Listening, I allow my drawn lines to merge with the wood’s grain. The goal is to balance structure and the organic, giving each piece of wood a new life so unique that I could never recreate it. 

 

 

CURRICULUM VITAE

EDUCATION

 

2009 - 2012                                      Master of Fine Art  |  Drawing & Printmaking  |  Magna Cum Laude 

                                                             Indiana University  |  Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Art  |  Bloomington, IN

                                                             View my MFA Thesis Exhibition here 

2004 - 2008                                      Bachelor of Fine Art  |  Drawing, Painting & Printmaking  |  Art Education Minor  |  Cum Laude

                                                             Alfred University  |  School of Art & Design  |  Alfred, NY

EXHIBITIONS

Upcoming Dec 14, 2019             2019 Winter Salon  |  VSOP Projects  |  Greenport, NY  |  Reception 5 - 8 pm, Sat 12/14

Current since Nov 2018           Roman Fine Art Gallery  |  East Hampton, NY   

Current since July 2018              William Ris Gallery  |  Jamesport, NY   

Aug 2019                                          SOLO Show  |  Clovis Point Vineyard  |  Laurel, NY

June - July 2019                               Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society 18th Annual Art Show  |  Fire Island Lighthouse,  NY
June 15th, 2019                               Swing Into Summer Auction to benefit Group for the East End  |  The Bridge  |  Sag Harbor, NY

April 4th - 7th, 2019                      Philadelphia Fine Art Fair, Represented by Roman Fine Art Gallery  |  Philadelphia, PA

April - June 2019                            SOLO Show  |  Lieb Cellars  |  Cutchogue, NY              

Feb - Mar  2019                               New Year, New Works  |  William Ris Gallery  |  Jamesport, NY 

Nov - Jan 2019                           Get with the Program  |  Roman Fine Art Gallery  |  East Hampton, NY
June - July 2018                          E S C A P E S   |  Group Landscape Exhibition  |  William Ris Gallery  |  Jamesport, NY 

May - July 2018                               SOLO Show  |  Rosalie Dimon Gallery - Presented by East End Arts  |  Jamesport, NY

Dec - June 2018                             Collective + Friends  |  Castello di Borghese Vineyard  |  Cutchogue, NY

Dec 2017                                           11th Annual  10 x 10 = 100 Art Show  |  The South Street Gallery  |  Greenport, NY

Aug 2017 - Aug 2019                    North Fork Art Collective  |  Greenport, NY

May 2017                                          Sea Something Save Something  |  Castello di Borghese Vineyard  |  Cutchogue, NY  

Dec 2016 - May 2017                    SOLO Show  |  6 - Month Resident Artist  |  QED  |  Astoria, NY

2016 - 2017                                      The South Street Gallery  |  Greenport, NY

Dec 2016                                           10th Annual  10 x 10 = 100 Art Show   |  The South Street Gallery  |  Greenport, NY

Sept 2016                                          TWO Person Show (w/ Sculptor Gary Quarty)  |  The South Street Gallery  |  Greenport, NY

Aug 2016                                          SOLO Show  |  First and South  |  Greenport, NY

Mar - Apr 2016                               SOLO Show  |   Presented by IDLE WILD Magazine  |  The LetLove Inn | Astoria, NY

Oct 2015                                           SOLO Show  |  Astoria Art Fest | Mar's | Astoria, NY

2014 - 2016                                       Fiedler Gallery  |  Greenport, NY

2014                                                    Astoria Art Fest  |  Sweet Afton  |  Astoria, NY

2013                                                    SOLO Show  |  Mary & Ellen  |  John Waldron Arts Center  |  Bloomington, IN

2013                                                    Drawing in the Now  |  Poorwill Gallery  |  Lubbock, TX

2012                                                    Reflection & Projection  |  PUSH pin-up PRODUCTIONS  |  New Orleans, LA

2012                                                    6 Obstructions 6 Artists  |  The Paper Room  |  Bloomington, IN

2012                                                    Mary Ellen  |  MFA Thesis Exhibition  |  Grunwald Gallery at IU  |  Bloomington, IN

2012                                                    Landscape, Space & Place Conference  |  Bloomington, IN

2011                                                    MFA Group Show  |  SoFa Gallery at Indiana University  |  Bloomington, IN

2011                                                    Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society Annual Art Show  |  Captree Island, NY

2010                                                    Off The Wall  |  McCalla Gallery  |  Bloomington, IN

2010                                                    The Matrix & The Print  |  SoFa Gallery  |  Bloomington, IN

2009                                                    Arts Fest 2009  |  Art & Power: Inertia  |  Low Road Gallery  |  Greencastle, IN

2009                                                    Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society Annual Art Show  |  Fire Island Lighthouse, NY

2009                                                    Babylon Village Art Council Presents: Art in the Park  |  Babylon, NY

2008                                                    Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition  |  Alfred University  |  Alfred, NY 

TEACHING  EXPERIENCE

2012 - 2015                                        Adjunct Instructor of Fine Art  |  Drawing 1 & Relief Printmaking 

                                                               Caldwell University  |  Caldwell, NJ

2010 - 2012                                        Associate Instructor of Fundamental Studio - Drawing 

                                                               Indiana University  |  Bloomington, IN

2013                                                     Art Instructor

                                                               Tiny Greenhouse  |  Ages 18 months - 5 years  |  Jersey City, NJ

2012                                                     Art Instructor

                                                               Ivy Arts for Kids at Ivy Tech Community College  |  Ages 3-10  |  Bloomington, IN

2008                                                     Student Teacher in Art

                                                               Babylon Elementary School   |  Babylon Junior-Senior High School   |  Babylon, NY

2007                                                     Teaching Assistant

                                                               Alfred University  |  Alfred, NY

2005 - Present                                   Teacher of Private Art Lessons 

                                                               Self Employed  |  Ages 5+   

NOTABLE  COMMISSIONS

2016                                                     Artist  |  The Affair  by SHOWTIME

                                                               Sold 4 drawings to The Affair  for set decor  

2015                                                     Artist  |  Scream Queens  by FOX

                                                               Sold 5 drawings to Scream Queens for a permanent set; the Campus Coffee Shop 

2010                                                     Muralist  |  Mathers Museum of World Cultures  |  Indiana University 

                                                               Designed & painted 6 original murals for the Semi-Permanent Exhibition:

                                                               The Big Bang to the World Wide Web: The Origins of Everything

2006 - 2008                                        Muralist  |  Babylon Village Pool  |  Babylon, NY

                                                               Designed & painted 8 large (40’ x 12’) original outdoor murals

 

 

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