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Lucy Fradkin
Brooklyn, NY



ARTIST STATEMENT: Replete with references to the ancient frescoes and mosaics of the Etruscans, Romans and Byzantines, my paintings capture a timeless moment through a contemporary eye. For the past twelve years I have concentrated on a series of figurative works painted in oil or gouache on paper and board. Inspired by Indian and Persian miniatures, the vanishing art of hand-painted signage and a variety of sacred and folk arts, I create portraits of diverse individuals. Following in the tradition of genre painters, I place figures, often women, in domestic settings. The figures are quiet and inactive, which contributes to the solemn and mysterious atmosphere of the scene. At times I incorporate collaged decorative elements from a variety of sources including old catalogs, field guides and vintage books into the work. Through meticulous cutting and pasting, I develop intricate designs and motifs which become a subtle aspect of the surface of the work. I push the collage element further in a series of new pieces in which the collaged elements are literally placed into domestic interiors, adding a new dimension to the work. I use color and pattern to evoke emotion and tell stories of daily life where the viewer is drawn into an intimate world. My work is clearly inspired by the traditional, but the impact of personal history is evident in the quiet presentation of issues of gender and race.
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  • The Age of Modernity
    2008
    Acrylic gouache on paper with pencil   30 x 23"

  • As The World Turns
    2009
    Acrylic gouache on paper with collage, buttons, copper wire, pencil   44 1/8 x 30"

  • Elegance, Simplicity And The Power Of The Spirit
    2009
    Acrylic gouache on paper with collage and pencil   22 x 18 1/2"

  • An Awakening To Other Orders Of Reality
    2010
    Acrylic gouache on paper with collage and pencil   11 x 11 3/8"

  • May The Circle Be Unbroken
    2009
    Acrylic gouache on paper with collage, mother of pearl buttons, wire and pencil   22 x 18 1/2"

  • Birds of A Feather
    2010
    Acrylic gouache on paper with collage, pencil   11 x 11 3/8"

  • A Stitch in Time
    2010
    Acrylic gouche on paper with pencil   11 x 113/8"

  • The Mermaid And The Comb
    2010
    Acrylic gouache on paper with collage and pencil   11 x 11 3/8"

  • Feeding, Preening, Resting and Caring For Their Young
    2010
    Acrylic gouache on paper with collage, swarovski crystals, wire and pencil   11 x 11 3/8"

  • Sun, Moon, Love and Earth
    2010
    Acrylic gouache on paper with swarovski crystals and pencil   11 x 11 3/8"

  • Arthur in Dublin
    2008
    Acrylic gouache on paper with with colored pencil, pencil   22 x 19 1/2"

  • Tropical Storm
    2008
    Acrylic gouache, colored pencil and pencil   11 3/8 x 9"

  • He was a Plumber, an Electrician, a Carpenter, a Cabinet-maker, a Tiler, a Blacksmith and a Mechanic
    2008
    Oil on paper with pencil   67 x 52"

  • Untitled

  • The Book of Kells
    2008
    Acrylic gouache on paper with pencil   11 3/8 x 9"

  • Teatime With Arthur
    2005
    Acrylic gouache on paper with collage, colored pencil, pencil   52 3/4 x 38 1/4"

  • Evening Song
    2008
    Acrylic gouche on paper with colored pencil, pencil   22 x 19 1/2"

  • Fanciulle Operose
    2003
    Acrylic gouche on paper with collage, colored pencil and pencil   30 x 22"

  • Dame Street
    2008
    Acrylic gouache on paper with buttons, thread, pencil   11 3/8 x 9"

  • 7 Daily Servings of Fruits and Vegetables
    2009
    Acrylic goauche on paper with collage, pencil   55 x 84"
 








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