Monday, October 12, 2009

Frank Haddock, Edmonton Artist

Frank received his BFA at the University of Alberta in 1984. He has been working solidly in the world of art since then. As well as maintaining an active studio career and operating his own art school - the ARTRA Art School. Frank has been teaching for more than 20 years. He also teaches at Grant MacEwan Community College and several other cultural centres in Alberta. His work is shown throughout Western Canada and is represented in numerous private and public collections, including the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. One of his watercolours was included in the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour exhibition that appeared at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria several years ago.

His work has been seen in “Galleries West Magazine”, “Edmonton Women’s Magazine”, and “Watercolour Artist Magazine (June 2009 issue)”.

Frank Haddock is a versatile artist who works in any painting medium with ease. His works are characteristically illuminated by a strong light source that gives his art "an inner life and energy". Frank's artwork often focuses on the human figure upon which he arranges a cascade of light that produces interesting arrangements of shapes and colours. The result is a character study that has the spontaneous spirit of a moment caught in time. The freshness of this moment is often complemented by a gentle, unfocused background almost creating a dreamlike atmosphere. In other paintings he intensifies the light by contrasting bright surfaces with dark backgrounds.

Frank's love of drawing and painting comes through in his art courses where he eagerly demonstrates for his students. Perhaps the most enjoyable part of any course with Frank is his dazzling demonstrations! He easily works on images that students bring to class as well as the images he plans to show his students.

Frank started his exploration of art when he was a child. Soon after being shown a simple drawing by his mother he decided that creating images was the job for him. Frank has studied and explored art in many mediums over the years. He has worked in the commercial art field as well as exhibiting art in many art galleries in Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton. His work has been seen in “Galleries West Magazine”, “Edmonton Women’s Magazine”, and “Watercolour Artist Magazine (June 2009 issue)”.

Please visit Frank's website: http://www.frankhaddock.com/First%20Page.html

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