Frye Art Museum

photo by Jill Berarducci

Seattle, Washington


Robert Van Vranken: Silent Paintings

November 10 through January 7, 2001


Maine artist Robert Van Vranken (b. 1946) creates architectural paintings that are intellectually stimulating. He creates precisely rendered architectural spaces, with his most recent structures on view in the exhibition Silent Paintings, at the Frye Art Museum, Nov. 10 through Jan. 7, 2001. (left: Untitled (The Garden of Forking Paths),1994, mixed media, 37 x 48 inches)

Van Vranken constructs his frames from found architectural elements, occasionally incorporating doors and window frames in the mounting of his paintings. The images are typically oil on plaster surface, often incorporating collage elements. With these tools, the artist creates rooms without people that merge into dream-like compositions. In the words of one critic, "Examining layer upon layer of iconographic hints, ghost remnants, collaged texts, private musings, and trompe l'oeil details feels like rummaging through a surrealistic wardrobe."

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