“Painting presents both the artist’s life-ness, and liveliness in the form of a material object, which is not reducible, and that non-reducibility might be its special attraction. Painting’s capacity to appear saturated with the life – and the labor time – of the artist, while remaining distinct from it, makes it the ideal candidate for value production in the new economy, the contemporary experience that is busy absorbing life.”
-Dale Frank, 2018
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery presents a solo exhibition of new works by Dale Frank.
Frank is one of Australia’s foremost contemporary painters. His paintings are characterized by an immediacy of process and a tense urgency of vision. For decades Frank’s practice has been motivated by an experimental approach to painting especially through his controlled exploitation of new materialities.
Frank has been exhibiting nationally and internationally for over three decades. Frank’s paintings are held in every major public collection in Australia as well as museums worldwide, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York and the Kunsthaus, Zurich. Frank was included in the 2014 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Dark Heart at the Art Gallery of South Australia, curated by Nick Mitzevich. In 2013, his work was featured in Personal Structures at the Palazzo Bembo as part of the official program of the 55th Venice Biennale. He has been included in three Biennales of Sydney (1982, 1990 and 2010) and he was selected for the important survey exhibition, Contemporary Australia: Optimism at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane (2008). A major solo retrospective of his work was held at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney in 2000. In 1983, Frank was included in the exhibition Panorama della post – critica: critica ed arte at the Museo Palazzo Lanfranchi in Pisa along with Thomas Lawson and Anselm Kiefer.
Dale Frank has been represented by Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery since 1982.Courtesy of the artist and Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney