Art a Search for Beauty: A Guide to Classical Painting Based on the Flemish Technique
"There are varying theories about the exact procedures behind the 'Flemish Technique' of early 15th-century painting..... What was old is new again, and astonishingly so, as evidenced by the work of Stark County painter Frank Dale. His current show at the Canton Museum of Art is not only a passionate homage to an important chapter of art history, but a vital record of truly compelling painting in any era..... The transcendent strength of his work springs from his consummate craftsmanship as a technician with brush and color, combined with an uncompromising eye for purely simple, uncluttered composition..... Beyond the mastery of formal pictorial devices that make these paintings worth savoring, though, is Dale's technique -like that of the Northern Renaissance painters - of applying resin-oil glazes in thin layers. This produces a palpable depth of space and atmosphere, and a vibrancy of color that is simply not possible with direct 'single layer' application of paint." - Tom Wachunas Tom Wachunas is a visual artist, journalist and teacher. He has a BFA and MFA from Ohio State University and has been an accomplished arts journalist since 1986. He is the current curator for Gallery 6000 at Kent Stark Campus in Canton, Ohio, where he also teaches.
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