Narrative, words, journey and process: they are words that are in almost every artist’s vocabulary, yet they have a personal and unique meaning to each individual who values them. As a 20th and now 21st century artist, Frank Herrmann has his own passionate context for those words, along with many others. His creative journey is continuously influenced by Rembrandt’s 17th century Europe. Although they are from different times and their painting processes are incredibly diverse, Herrmann more identifies with the inspirational mentalities of this past era. The most exciting part of his painting journey is that which has yet to be created. As with Rembrandt, there is a lure into that of the unseen and a suspense of what is on the other side of the easel which Herrmann speaks passionately about in his artist’s statement:
“Rembrandt’s The Painter in His Studio, while providing a self-portrait of the great painter, wordlessly conveys a description of the creative process itself. The viewer is deprived access to the artist’s work- in -progress—and Rembrandt delivers the lesson. We are invited to speculate, not only on the subject of the artist’s painting, but also on the artist’s role as a conduit and filter for ideas and concepts, facts and visions. The physical painting is a portrait. What I find more compelling, however, is the promise of the painting Rembrandt conceals from us. The Painter in His Studio has always held meaning for me as the artist’s comment on the synergy between subject and artist—between the viewer and the viewed. “Studio” serves as a metaphor for what I see as the process and –just as importantly—the promise of a painted work.”
Herrmann’s paintings are nothing sort of being aesthetically inviting. He uses color and shape to create an abstract, layered space that not only suggest a narrative, but creates such depth that the viewer may almost feel that they can walk into the work. When looking at his paintings, the viewer’s eyes will be stimulated by multiple outstanding main aspects. Being influenced by oceanic art, Herrmann will utilize simple pattern, line, and color theory to create a depth that feels real. Conflicting shades and shapes have an ironic harmony that truly completes his paintings.