Simon Frank was born in 1968 in Glasgow, Scotland and grew up in Dundas, ON. Since completing his Honours BA in English at the University of Guelph in 1991, he has lived and worked in Hamilton. For the past twenty-three years, Frank has participated in solo and group exhibitions across Ontario, as well as exhibiting in special projects in Saskatoon, Italy and South Korea. He has received numerous grants from both the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.
The natural environment is the aesthetic frame of reference for Frank's continually evolving landscape-based art practice; it provides him with a source of both raw materials and inspiration for his ongoing investigation of the complex relationship between nature and culture. Frank’s work utilizes a diversity of media and approaches, drawing from a broad range of artistic and cultural traditions that link us to the natural world. He examines resourced materials that are used to build our urban worlds, acknowledging their source in nature, knowing they were (like everything) originally part of a landscape, somewhere. Many of his works, particularly his series “Log-hammer Landscapes,” unconventionally invoke the historical Canadian landscape tradition.
Painting, Installation Art
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