Carlene Frances

My paintings draw from the powerful Asian aesthetic that lives in me, a striving for serenity in a world inundated by input; conscious acts of eliminating the unnecessary so the necessary may speak.

It’s said that my work seems to glow with inner light. That isn’t accidental: Each piece grows from as many as 40 layers of transparent oil glazes that give the surface a muted luminosity and depth. In the deceptively limited palette—In the freeing choices of monochrome—we cast off the excuses of color and resist the urge to wrestle vibrancy onto canvas. In doing so, we discover a muted thing that lives deeper in the soul.

This is the principle of Shunyata; of dwelling in emptiness. To me, this quiet, immersive energy creates an anti-angst; a seductive, visceral breath. Within those still waters, shapes, circles and gestural graphite lines create a harmony of opposites that delivers us into an image without beginning or end.

In the end view, this benevolent softness becomes a relinquishing of control by painter and viewer alike; one that lets us interact with the work in any way we want, with no strings attached. From the immersion in light and the depth beyond the strict boundaries of canvas, comes a particular state of grace: a transcendency that renews itself endlessly in the eye, and challenges our idea of what a painting can be.

Frances was born in Lansing Michigan and moved to Colorado in her early twenties where she has lived for the last forty- two years. She holds a BFA in painting and drawing from Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Denver, CO.  Her work has exhibited nationally and internationally in solo, group and museum shows such as MOMA, Wales UK, MUBE in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Palazzo della Provincia, Frosinone, Italy, Oceanside Museum of Art, CA., Riverside Art Museum, CA., Nagasaki Japan and Chelsea Art Museum in New York.  Recently she has been invited to exhibit at the Center for Visual Arts, summer 2016, Colorado Women In Abstraction as a companion exhibit to the Denver Art Museum’s exhibit Women In Abstract Expressionism.   Frances has curated five “FUSION” exhibits, a collaboration of artists and poets and teaches painting workshops at the Colorado School of Mine and Red Rocks Community College.

Selected Solo, Invitational, and Juried Exhibitions

2016  Center for the Visual Arts, Colorado Woman  in Astraction, Invitational Exhibit, Denver,  CO

2016  Highline Gallery, Two Woman Show, Boulder, CO

2016   Space Gallery, Group Exhibit, Denver, CO

2015  Riverside Art Museum, California Dreaming, Riverside CA

2015  Nagasaki Prefectual Art Museum, International Exhibit, Nagasaki, Japan

2015  The Painting Center, The Writing on the Wall, New York City, NY

2015  Space Gallery, Nature’s Line, Denver, CO

2015  40 West Gallery, Black, White & Metal, Lakkwood, CO

2014   Ice Cube Gallery, Ice Breaker 5, Juried Exhibit  Denver, CO

2014   Space Gallery, Fusion V, Invitational Exhibit, Denver, CO

2014   Palazzo della Provinic di Frosinoe, California Dreaming, Frosinone, Italy

2014   Oceanside Museum of Art, California Dreaming, Oceanside, CA

2013  Republic Plaza, Total Abstraction, Denver, CO

2013  Space Gallery, Mind Over Matter, Denver, CO

2013  Arvada Center for the Arts, Art of the State, Juried Exhibit, Arvada CO

2012  Space Gallery,The Other Primary Colors; White Black Grey, Denver, CO

2012  Cultural Arts Council Fine Arts Gallery, Abstract Expressions,  Invitational Group Exhibit, Estes Park, CO

2011  Lowery Gallery, Poetic Synthesis, Invitational Exhibit, Community College of Aurora, CO

2011  Chelsea Art Museum, 1st International Juried Peace Art NYC Exhibition, International Juried Exhibit, NYC, NY

2010  Spark Gallery, Biennial Juired Exhibit, Big Themes/Small Work, Denver, CO

2010  Museum of Modern Art, International Juried Exhibit, A Book About Death, Wales, UK.

2010  National Museum of Brazil/Museu Brasilerio da Escultura 2010,

International Invitational Exhibit, A Book About Death, Sao Paulo, Brazil

2009  The Dairy Center for the Arts 2009, Juried Exhibit, Enso The Circle, Boulder, CO

2008  Curtis Art & Humanities Center, Juried Exhibit, 25th (2008) , 20th (2003), 17th   (2000), 16th (1999) Annual All Colorado Art Show, Greenwood Village, CO

2007  Denver Public Library, Santa Fe Art District Exhibit, Denver, CO

2004  Susan K. Arndt Gallery, Mountain Valley Women Artists 2004, Red Rocks  Community College, Lakewood, CO

2004  The Lincoln Center, NCAA13th National Art Exhibition 2004, Fort Collins, CO

 2004   Evergreen Arts Center, Contemporary Art Exhibit, Evergreen, CO

2002  Museum of Contemporary Art, Regional Juried Exhibit, Rocky Mountain  Biennial, Fort Collins, CO

2000  Canyon Road Contemporary Art, National Invitational,  Juried Exhibit, Santa Fe, NM

Museum and Corporate Collections

2014  Willow Creek Dental, Lonetree, CO

2012  Dean Evans & Associates, Greenwood Village, CO

2010  Flux Museum, Fort Worth, TX

2010  Museum of Modern Art, (MOMA), Wales, UK

2010  National Museum of Brazil/Museu Brasilerio da Escultura (MUBE),  Sao Paulo, Brazil

2009  Marriott International Inc., Renaissance Hotel, Charleston, SC

2009  Kentler International Drawing Space Permanent Collection, Brooklyn, NY

2008  AMS Health Inc., Denver, CO.

2008  DCG Law Firm, Broomfield, CO

2007  Towne & Country Real Estate Company, Denver, CO

2007  Law Firm of Castle, Meinhold & Stawjarski LLC, Denver, CO

2000  Law Firm of Huttner & Huttner, Denver, CO

1998  Summit Financial, Englewood, CO

1998  Mississippi Dental, Aurora, CO

1998  Stephens Finanical, Denver, CO



Awards and Recognition



2015  Published Review in Westword Magazine by Michael Paglia, Natures’s  Line Exhibit, Space Gallery Denver, CO

2015  6th, 2015 Artslant Prise Showcase Competition winner. 

2013  Recognition by Westword’s Best of Denver, “Best Group Show”, The Other Primary Colors; Space Gallery, Denver, CO

2013  Published Review in Westword by Michael Paglia, Mind Over Matter Exhibit, Space Gallery, Denver CO  

2013   Recognition by Westword’s Best of Denver 2013, “Best Big Show Colorado Art”, Art of the State, Arvada Center For The Arts

2013  Arvada Center For The Arts Exhibit Catalog, Art Of The  State, Arvada, CO

2013  Published Review in Westword by Michae Paglia, Art of the State, Arvada Center For The Arts, Arvada CO

2012  Space Gallery Exhibit Catalog, The Other Primary Colors; White Black Grey, Denver, CO

 2012  Published Review in Westword by Michael Paglia, The Other Primary Colors; White Black Grey. Denver, CO

2011  Space Gallery Exhibit Catalog, Fusion IV, Denver, CO

2011  Published, Tao Te Ching, by RZ Foster, Painting on Book Cover

2010  Flux Museum Exhibit Catalog, FluxFace in Space, Fort Worth, TX.

2008  Home & Gardens TV, 22 Paintings featured and filmed in Denver,  Designed by architect Suzette Evans for HGTV series,“My Amazing Renovation” 
2007  Orbitz Design Published, Corporate Calendar, Denver, CO

2007  Published Article, Art of the Four Corners Magazine, Fall Issue, Full page article on Fusion Exhibit, page 68

2007  Published Book, Fusion: Painting and Poetry

2006  Curators Choice Award, Art for Aids Exhibit, Denver, CO

2004  First Place Award, Contemporary Art Exhibition, Evergreen Center for the Arts,  Evergreen, CO

2002  Award of Merit, 3rd Annual Artful Women Exhibit, Fremont Center for the Arts,  Canon City, CO

2000  Award of Excellence, National Invitational, Canyon Road Contemporary Art Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

1997-2001, RMCAD Published Mural, Integration of Space, Rocky Mountain  College of Art & Design College Catalog, Denver, CO


1998  BFA, Painting and Drawing, Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design,  Denver, CO

1972  Kendal College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Grand  Rapids, MI

1970  Schoolcraft College, Livonia, MI

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