I believe in intensification, that’s using particular colors at their highest level of intensity. Red is different from pink, which is different from maroon but its all red. When I use red, I use red at its highest intensity. I like the word intensification. When the white world was talking about minimalist, I was
thinking maximizing.
— Frank Smith
 
 

 

bio

Frank Smith (b. 1935), a native of Chicago, and former Howard University Professor, is one of the original members of AfriCOBRA (African Coalition of Black Revolutionary Artists).  The artistic ideology of AfriCOBRA springs from the ethos of African American and Pan-African spiritual and political culture.  Smith's work is improvisational, and embraces colorful geometric forms, and African inspired symbols and imagery.   The versatility of Smith's works on canvas and paper gives way to the formation of two-dimensional soft sculptural images derived through an extemporaneous process of draping.  By working on several pieces simultaneously, Smith combines disjointed rhythms and syncopated patterns of paint and mixed media by sewing the canvas or paper together. Bright zigzag stitching joins colorful patches of painted patterns and found objects.  Smith has had more than seventy exhibitions in museums and galleries across the US, Africa, and the Caribbean.  His works can be found in many public, private, and corporate collections including the DuSable Museum Hampton University, Morgan State University, Baltimore, Washington Convention Center, and Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC and the Oakland Museum in Oakland California.

 

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