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Untamed: Wild Compositions by Frank Gonzales

Featuring a collection of vibrant paintings by Arizona-based artist Frank Gonzales, this thematic, compelling exhibition explores pollinators and natural elements from the Sonoran Desert, playfully arranged in dynamic and fantasy-rich compositions.

Gonzales is a classically trained painter with a fresh, contemporary perspective and is known widely for his vivid avian subjects.

Untamed: Wild Compositions by Frank Gonzales

Untamed: Wild Compositions by Frank Gonzales – Exhibition Dates and Hours

September 21, 2018 – January 6, 2019
10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily at the Desert Botanical Gardens’ Ottosen Gallery
Free with paid Garden admission or Membership

About Frank Gonzales

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Frank Gonzales was born in Mesa, Arizona and grew up in Tempe. He received his BFA from Laguna College of Art and Design in 2003. His work explores ornithological subjects, organic and plant elements and color.

In his own words: My work is about taking reference from various sources including books, the internet and photos to comprise and create my own imagery. By creating my paintings through reference or made up elements, there becomes a play between artificiality and realism. I like to combine elements that may seem believable picture wise, but wouldn’t normally thrive in real life. My compositions are never thought out much beforehand.

I like the spontaneity of starting with a background color or single image as a jump off point for the rest of the painting. One image will spark another and the process takes shape from there. I find this way of working to be both exciting and uncertain. My various marks and color glitches mimic this uncertainty resulting in a visual stillness and movement.

His work is included in both private and public collections around the world including the Ampersand Boutique Hotel in London, The Orange County Children’s Hospital, and Starbucks. Additionally, his work has been featured in numerous publications and Online Text including American Art Collector Magazine, Juxtapoz, Booooom and Colossal. Frank’s work was also featured on the cover of American Art Collector Magazine in 2010.

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