Frank's interest in space art began when he
now-classic book, The Conquest
of Space, for a Christmas present in
"It was the same book that would start many other
minds around the world to dreaming of rocketships, space travel,
distant planets, strange landscapes and far-off adventures in space,"
recalls Frank. "The paintings were magnificent - landscapes of other
worlds and sunsets that no man had ever seen!"
It was the dawn of the Space Age, and inspired by
book's Chesley Bonestell artwork, 13-year-old Frank began painting his
own fantastic scenes of space exploration. By the time he graduated
high school in Tillamook, Ore., some of his paintings (like the
rocketship below) had been displayed in the school's lobby.
nearly half-century after that, Frank focused on other ventures and
raising a family. It wasn't until his retirement in 2001 that he turned
his attention back toward his first love -- astronomical art.
“My mind was just filled with scenes I
storing up over the past 50 years – and I was anxious to get
it!" he says.
And thus began a thriving second career. In a
his Oregon property, Frank uses mixed media, oils, acrylics,
photography and digital manipulation to create realistic visions of
space from our own solar system and beyond, but all with a 1950s feel.
Often, he includes space-suited figures to give
perspective, illustrating the incredible vastness and loneliness of
"My approach to space art revolves around what I
believe the exploration of space ‘should have been’
than what it has really turned out to be," explains the
multi-award-winning master. "In fact, several other space artists have
termed my style as being 'retro-space art.'"
-- Version II
Rendezvous -- Circa 1959
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