Lucy Fradkin and Roxa Smith
Lucy Fradkin imbues her work with references to the ancient frescoes and mosaics of the Etruscans, Romans and Byzantines, capturing a timeless moment through a contemporary eye. For the past twelve years Fradkin has concentrated on a series of figurative works painted in oil or gouache on paper and board, at times incorporating collage. She is inspired by Indian and Persian miniatures, the vanishing art of hand-painted signage and sacred and folk arts, often concentrating on quiet, solitary women in domestic settings. Inspired by the traditional, Fradkin pushes beyond, exploring issues of gender and race. Fradkin has taught widely and has been the recipient of numerous awards, including, a 2009 Pollock-Krasner Grant and a Marie Walsh Sharpe Studio.
Roxa Smith chooses intimate, emotionally charged subjects to convey sensibilities of place and time, both personal and shared. Her paintings strive to capture and distill fleeting moments through images devoid of people, yet evocative and teeming with life. Her works illuminate the ‘spirit’ of the space by highlighting architectural details, light sources and patterns within the compositions. Smith isolates and juxtaposes these elements, manipulating the space and lending to them extraordinary pictorial depth as well as a luminous display of color and warmth. In 1984 Smith received a dual B.A. in Art History and German from Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME and she completed her Certificate Program in Visual Arts in 1987 at the University of Santa Cruz, CA.