Frank Lind: An Expression of Love
An Expression of Love
“To see the ocean is to experience the sublime. The great beauty of the
littoral, the fluctuating place where land meets sea, is mystery made corporeal.
I can’t really capture in paint something so profound; I can only respond and,
in doing so, perhaps understand it a little.”
In terms of contemporary practice and art history, Frank Lind’s allegiance is to the long rainbow line of brilliant painters of nature. Corot, Homer, Sorolla and Sargent are particular inspirations. One less well known but who speaks from the past is James Perry Wilson, the painter of the best background images in the dioramas in the Museum of Natural History in New York City and the Peabody Museum at Yale. Wilson used a palette of only twelve tube colors, and yet could mix an astonishing range of hues.
In Lind’s current practice, the distilled use of these twelve colors creates an intimate dynamic between paint and imagery that is transporting—looking at these paintings you smell the ocean breezes and revel in the play of light on water. His studio is located in gritty downtown Brooklyn. Yet, located as it is on the extreme western tip of Long Island, Brooklyn is of a piece with the pristine beaches that stretch one hundred and twenty miles to the east. Lind often escapes from the crowded inner city to the blue sky and waves of the Atlantic Ocean, sometimes to paint, always to observe and absorb. Some of the ocean paintings are not only depictions of the sea, but also of the complexities of human interaction with these primal forces. His models are at times his wife, Jeanne Wilkinson, and her two sons, Aaron and Andrew Yonda. Frank Lind’s work has been shown in New York City and nationally. While formerly the Dean of the School of Art and Design at Pratt Institute, he is now able to devote himself entirely to studio practice.
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