Los Angeles

Robert Frame

Ankrum Gallery

This latest series of luscious paintings are a continuation of the artist’s concern with color in harness with an elegant painterly attack. He has clarified his style further and the total impact is more sure and more consistent than in previous shows. “The Open Window” stands out as one of the best; being a little more economical in color it achieves a lyrical balance of parts and does not become bogged down with a kind of phthalocyanine intensity that affects some. Of the landscapes “Night Trees” is tremendously moving with all the complexity of color and shape held in bold pattern by the network of rich darks. Frame pushes paint quality, thick textured patties of paint against thin glazes, beyond the safe point and this aggressiveness of material saves many of the paintings from being merely decorative.

Douglas McClellan