|Up the Block by Rose Frantzen, oil painting, 40 x 50.
Rose Frantzen: Weekend With the Masters Instructor
Rose Frantzen's peers hold
her in especially high regard as an artist's artist. In her 25 years as a
full-time painter, she has also gained the attention and respect of both
national and international collectors. Her community project, Portrait of Maquoketa, which is comprised
of 180 portraits of her townspeople that she painted during impromptu
portraiture sessions during the span of one year, was exhibited at the
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, in Washington DC, from November 2009
until July 2010. The project is also the subject of a hardbound book that was
created as a catalogue of sorts to accompany the exhibition.
Frantzen attended the
American Academy of Art, in Chicago, where she worked and studied with Robert
Krajecki; the Palette & Chisel Academy, alongside her mentor Richard
Schmid; and the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, studying human anatomy with
the late Dean Keller.
Trained in the alla prima
style, she explores painting as a language for witnessing and communicating the
wide-range of human experience and sometimes finds it necessary to employ other
representational approaches including glazing methods with imprimatura or grisaille.
Her exploratory nature has
also led her to create many multi-dimensional works in which she incorporates
diverse stylistic elements and mixed media assemblage items such as gilding,
stained glass, and mosaic.
Frantzen's work has been
featured in numerous publications including American
Artist, Workshop, International Artist, Southwest Art, US Art, ArtTalk, and Portrait Signature magazines, and she
has demonstrated as a faculty member for the Portrait Society of America. She
is a much sought after instructor teaching workshops in several regions of the
country as well as in her studio.
With husband and fellow
artist, Charles Morris, she currently resides in her hometown of Maquoketa,
Iowa. Both are represented by Old City Hall Gallery. For more information on
Frantzen, visit her gallery's website or buy her latest art instructional DVD.
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