Frank Janzen

About the Artist

Frank is a Tamarind Master Printer who is currently the resident master printer at Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts. Located at St. Andrew’s Mission on the Umatilla Indian Reservation, he works with major and emerging artists to realize their work in the medium of printmaking.

He graduated from the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada with a B.F.A. (Honors) in 1994 and from the Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque, NM in 1996. Since that time he has worked as an artist in prints and paintings, given workshops on printmaking and has collaborated with artists to edition their prints.

He has had numerous solo and group exhibitions around Eastern Washington and Oregon and was included in the Crow’s Shadow exhibition at the Pataka Museum in Wellington, New Zealand that took place February through May 2008.

Frank lives and has a painting studio in Weston, Oregon.

Artist Statement

The fused glass work is a culmination of many years of thinking about the properties of various materials, especially the unique strengths (and there are many) and the fragility of glass versus the cold solidness of steel or cast iron. These are a marriage of the two based on my earlier abstract paintings on paper, with paper having unique properties of it’s own.

The monotype prints are an extenuation of a series exploring the Oregon plateau landscape utilizing the ephemeral qualities of actual smoke against the abstracted, colorful shapes and forms that make up the region. The Above/Below series talks not only about what is in the landscape that we actually perceive but also what perhaps takes place below.

The Silhouette series, which is still on going, is about the fascination of seeing a mountain, a hill top or some structure as the sun sets behind it, making it appear totally flat, like a black paper cutout. The smoke is an ever-present part of the plateau landscape.

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