Robert Frame

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"Still Life in the Studio"
Oil on canvas
48 x 48 inches

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Born on July 31, 1924, Robert Frame began his art career in the mid-1940s. He attended Pasadena City College, Pomona College in Claremont, and from 1947 to 1950 studied under Henry Lee McFee. Frame taught art at Santa Barbara City College from 1966 until 1986.

Frame’s paintings have a strong sense of design and symmetry with a master’s intuitive understanding of color and its effect on the viewer’s interpretation of light and form. He often began a work by sketching an architectonic form that provided the painting with a solid compositional base. He would then proceed to develop spontaneous imagery within these forms. In this way, Frame built his works to result in paintings of strong design and fluidity. He died on December 6, 1999.

Awards: 1947, First Prize, Arizona State Exhibition; 1948, Second Prize, Arizona State Exhibition; 1957, Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Painting; First Award, Los Angeles Municipal Art Exhibition; 1958 Purchase Prize, California State Exhibition; 1959, First Prize, National Orange Show; 1965 First Award, James D. Phelan Awards.

Solo Exhibitions: 1953, Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, CA; 1954, San Diego State College, San Diego, CA; 1955 Ruthermore Galleries, San Francisco, CA; 1957, Dalzell Hatfield Galleries, Los Angeles, CA; 1960, Ester Robles Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; 1963, Wooden Horse Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA; 1965, Ankrum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; 1967, Heritage Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Austin Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA; 1969, Adele Bednarz Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; 1975, Adele Bednarz Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; 1977, David Findlay Gallery, New York, NY; 1978, Challis Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA; Dubins Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; 1979, De Silva Gallery, Montecito, CA; 1985, Dubins Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; 1989 Fifth Avenue Design, Scottsdale, AZ; Arpel Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA; 1990, Stary Sheets Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA; 1992, Dubins Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; 1996, Findlay Gallery, New York, NY; 2001, George Stern Fine Arts, West Hollywood, CA.

Group Exhibitions: 1956, University of California, Los Angeles, CA; 1963, Krannert Art Museum, Urbana-Champaign, IL; 1957, National Academy of Design, New York, NY; Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, CA; San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA; 1958, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; 1959, Krannert Art Museum, Urbana-Champaign, IL.

Works Held: 3M Corporation, St. Paul, MN; Coca Cola Company, Los Angeles, CA; Conrad Lester Collection; Lawry Foods, Los Angeles, CA; National Academy of Design, New York, NY; Newporter Resort Hotel, Newport Beach, CA; Northern Trust of California, Los Angeles, CA; Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, CA; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA; Scripps College, Claremont, CA; State of California, Sacramento, CA; Transamerica Corporation; University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.

Hughes, Edan M. Artists In California 1786-1940. 3rd ed. Vol. 1. Sacramento: Crocker, Art Museum, 2002. N. pag. 2 vols. Print.