"I see what is there, what I have to do beyond definitions of beauty and art. Beyond yourself. You must always go beyond yourself to what you imagine art can be in your time".

Dale Frank, 2022

Exhibition Dates: 3 June – 2 July 2022

"I see what is there, what I have to do beyond definitions of beauty and art. Beyond yourself. You must always go beyond yourself to what you imagine art can be in your time".

–Dale Frank, 2022

In Dale Frank's 35th solo show at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery since 1982, the artist strikes out once again in a quest to answer what art can do and where it can take us. Armed with his repertoire of materials - perspex, pigmented varnish and epoxyglass - he pushes his own limits and ours simultaneously, arriving at the most expansive exploration of these materials we have seen. Within swirls of vivid, fluorescent colour and shimmering, metallic pigments, we are left to ponder the limits of materiality as Frank expertly charters course to places unknown. How far can he go as a painter? How far can he push the medium? Where can he take the viewer? What do we see in his paintings? In these psychedelic voyages, space and time are suspended. In the depths of vast constellations, the artist navigates beyond the limitations of the corporeal, maximising the potential of his medium. This time we disappear into the all-seeing eye of a universe, dive through the centre of a whirlpool, enter the epicentre of galaxies; to end up beyond ourselves, beyond the known, in the boundless space of beauty and art.

– Victoria Scott

Dale Frank’s abstract paintings have been exhibited internationally since the 1980s, showing at PS1, New York (1981), Biennale of Sydney (1982), 42nd Venice Biennale (1983 and 1984). Frank was included in the exhibition Panorama della post - critica: critica ed arte at the Museo Palazzo Lanfranchi in Pisa along with Thomas Lawson and Anselm Kiefer. Recent selected group exhibitions include Unpainting, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2017-18); Dark Heart, curated by Nick Mitzevich, Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia (2014); Mix Tape 1980s: Appropriation, Subculture, Critical Style, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2013); and Les Arts De L’effervescence Champagne, Musée des Beaux Arts de Reims, France (2013). In 2013, his work was featured in Personal Structures at the Palazzo Bembo as part of the official program of the 55th Venice Biennale. A major solo retrospective of his work was held at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney in 2000. Frank’s work is held in all major Australian state galleries, and a number of regional and university collections. It is also held in international collections, including Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA; Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, New Zealand; Musée de Ville de Leige, Leige; Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Zurich Kunsthaus; and a number of corporate collections.

This is Dale Frank's 35th solo exhibition with the Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery.

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Dale Frank Bert lives alone, after doing time in the military in the Middle East  - likes being alone - he does not draw his curtains - further observation, 2022; Colour pigments in Epoxyglass, Epoxyglass on Perspex; 200 x 200 cm; enquire
Bert lives alone, after doing time in the military in the Middle East - likes being alone - he does not draw his curtains - further observation, 2022
Colour pigments in Epoxyglass, Epoxyglass on Perspex
200 x 200 cm
Dale Frank Boys with Pearls, 2022; Colour pigments in Easycast, Epoxyglass on perspex; 200 x 200 cm; enquire
Boys with Pearls, 2022
Colour pigments in Easycast, Epoxyglass on perspex
200 x 200 cm
Dale Frank Portrait of Pearl Lam, 2022; Colour pigments in Epoxyglass, Epoxyglass on Perspex; 150 x 100 cm; enquire
Portrait of Pearl Lam, 2022
Colour pigments in Epoxyglass, Epoxyglass on Perspex
150 x 100 cm
Dale Frank Portrait of Suhanya Raffel, 2022; Colour pigments in Epoxyglass, Epoxyglass on perspex; 150 x 100 cm; enquire
Portrait of Suhanya Raffel, 2022
Colour pigments in Epoxyglass, Epoxyglass on perspex
150 x 100 cm
Dale Frank Portrait of Marc Almond, 2022; Colour pigments in Epoxyglass, Epoxyglass on Perspex; 150 x 100 cm; enquire
Portrait of Marc Almond, 2022
Colour pigments in Epoxyglass, Epoxyglass on Perspex
150 x 100 cm
Dale Frank Portrait of Nick Mitzevich, 2022; Colour pigments in Epoxyglass, Epoxyglass on perspex; 150 x 100 cm; enquire
Portrait of Nick Mitzevich, 2022
Colour pigments in Epoxyglass, Epoxyglass on perspex
150 x 100 cm
Dale Frank Everything was a ghost, shadows, as he confused his full term pregnant daughter-in-law, reminding him of a hitch hiker already 2 months pregnant he gave a lift to when he was 18, who he had never forgotten, tied in knots and drowning in need, to be played by Brand Pitt, 2022; Colour pigments in Easycast, Epoxyglass on perspex; 200 x 200 cm; enquire
Everything was a ghost, shadows, as he confused his full term pregnant daughter-in-law, reminding him of a hitch hiker already 2 months pregnant he gave a lift to when he was 18, who he had never forgotten, tied in knots and drowning in need, to be played by Brand Pitt, 2022
Colour pigments in Easycast, Epoxyglass on perspex
200 x 200 cm
Dale Frank Brian “Tiger” started a home cleaning business, successfully making quite a fortune, and was often found after Tech, 3 nights a week, in a maids uniform vacuuming the coaches carpets, and Brian still did Coach Jeff’s laundry, 2022; Colour pigments in Easycast, Epoxyglass on perspex; 200 x 200 cm; enquire
Brian “Tiger” started a home cleaning business, successfully making quite a fortune, and was often found after Tech, 3 nights a week, in a maids uniform vacuuming the coaches carpets, and Brian still did Coach Jeff’s laundry, 2022
Colour pigments in Easycast, Epoxyglass on perspex
200 x 200 cm
Dale Frank Wishing I just had a deeper voice, 2022; Colour pigments in Easycast, Epoxyglass on perspex; 200 x 200 cm; enquire
Wishing I just had a deeper voice, 2022
Colour pigments in Easycast, Epoxyglass on perspex
200 x 200 cm
Dale Frank Michele pulled back the curtains, the sun burning her already crimson eyes, as she watched a lone jogger passing by, thinking this had been the night her life surely changed, turning back jumping into bed, she and 90 kilo round Rhonda, and Scissors, her Maltese, bounced out onto the timber floor, 2022; Colour pigments in Easycast, Epoxyglass on perspex; 200 x 200 cm; enquire
Michele pulled back the curtains, the sun burning her already crimson eyes, as she watched a lone jogger passing by, thinking this had been the night her life surely changed, turning back jumping into bed, she and 90 kilo round Rhonda, and Scissors, her Maltese, bounced out onto the timber floor, 2022
Colour pigments in Easycast, Epoxyglass on perspex
200 x 200 cm
Dale Frank Shannon and Dave, met online thru Gay matchmaker, and then met for the first time at the Bistro at Wallsend Diggers Club enjoying Keno and a few beers for several hours, finding they had a lot in common, that both were working at Yancoal Walkworth Coal mine, but leaving was confusing as both Shannon and Dave had white Toyota Hilux dual cabs, both with child restraint seats, 2022; Colour pigments in Epoxyglass, Epoxyglass on Perspex; 200 x 260 cm; enquire
Shannon and Dave, met online thru Gay matchmaker, and then met for the first time at the Bistro at Wallsend Diggers Club enjoying Keno and a few beers for several hours, finding they had a lot in common, that both were working at Yancoal Walkworth Coal mine, but leaving was confusing as both Shannon and Dave had white Toyota Hilux dual cabs, both with child restraint seats, 2022
Colour pigments in Epoxyglass, Epoxyglass on Perspex
200 x 260 cm
Dale Frank Nathan (previous subject) and Dr Neville Melfase-Jayawardana - ceased being Nathan's Urologist after confirmation Nathan’s testicles are not cancerous - and now in a relationship - plan on moving to Sri Lanka when they have enough money saved., 2022; Colour pigments in Epoxyglass, Epoxyglass on Perspex; 200 x 200 cm; enquire
Nathan (previous subject) and Dr Neville Melfase-Jayawardana - ceased being Nathan's Urologist after confirmation Nathan’s testicles are not cancerous - and now in a relationship - plan on moving to Sri Lanka when they have enough money saved., 2022
Colour pigments in Epoxyglass, Epoxyglass on Perspex
200 x 200 cm
Dale Frank Shannon and Jacinta - Diggers Club, York Street, Friday nights, then to their regular booking, Country Comfort Motor Inn in George Street - 3 star, 2022; Colour pigments in Epoxyglass, Epoxyglass on Perspex; 200 x 200 cm; enquire
Shannon and Jacinta - Diggers Club, York Street, Friday nights, then to their regular booking, Country Comfort Motor Inn in George Street - 3 star, 2022
Colour pigments in Epoxyglass, Epoxyglass on Perspex
200 x 200 cm
Dale Frank Chris Janas ‘The Greek’ and Don Christopher ‘Big Dog’ - Janas Smash Repairs, Magpie Street, Cut and Dye Home Style Salon, Pitt Street - hair - head and body hair seems to be their obsession. Good luck to them, 2022; Colour pigments in Epoxyglass, Epoxyglass on Perspex; 200 x 200 cm; enquire
Chris Janas ‘The Greek’ and Don Christopher ‘Big Dog’ - Janas Smash Repairs, Magpie Street, Cut and Dye Home Style Salon, Pitt Street - hair - head and body hair seems to be their obsession. Good luck to them, 2022
Colour pigments in Epoxyglass, Epoxyglass on Perspex
200 x 200 cm
Dale Frank Zac ‘Ginger’ and Roberto - very quiet. Nothing more, 2022; Colour pigments in Epoxyglass, Epoxyglass on perspex; 200 x 200 cm; enquire
Zac ‘Ginger’ and Roberto - very quiet. Nothing more, 2022
Colour pigments in Epoxyglass, Epoxyglass on perspex
200 x 200 cm
Dale Frank John and Rowen and Stephie ‘Raison’ (their threesome the first Sunday of each month Matador Motor Inn, suite 318, Albury), 2022; Colour pigments in Epoxyglass, Epoxyglass on perspex; 200 x 260 cm; enquire
John and Rowen and Stephie ‘Raison’ (their threesome the first Sunday of each month Matador Motor Inn, suite 318, Albury), 2022
Colour pigments in Epoxyglass, Epoxyglass on perspex
200 x 260 cm
Dale Frank Sharon had 3 children from 3 different North Queensland Cowboys players over 4 seasons, 2022; Colour pigments in Easycast, Epoxyglass on perspex; 200 x 200 cm; enquire
Sharon had 3 children from 3 different North Queensland Cowboys players over 4 seasons, 2022
Colour pigments in Easycast, Epoxyglass on perspex
200 x 200 cm
Dale Frank Neville was called the ‘duck' around Henry Lawson Avenue Singleton Heights not especially because of his overbite or excessively large bottom lip or even his large arse duck walk, but because he always struck out chatting to the high school girls daily at the bus stop, 2022; Colour pigments in Easycast, Epoxyglass on perspex; 200 x 200 cm; enquire
Neville was called the ‘duck' around Henry Lawson Avenue Singleton Heights not especially because of his overbite or excessively large bottom lip or even his large arse duck walk, but because he always struck out chatting to the high school girls daily at the bus stop, 2022
Colour pigments in Easycast, Epoxyglass on perspex
200 x 200 cm
Dale Frank In 2015 Nathan started working in Films, as the naked or brief clad bottom stand in for Russell, but as he often complains, it is hard to remember when his work was ever taken seriously, 2022; Colour pigments in Easycast, Epoxyglass on perspex; 200 x 180 cm; enquire
In 2015 Nathan started working in Films, as the naked or brief clad bottom stand in for Russell, but as he often complains, it is hard to remember when his work was ever taken seriously, 2022
Colour pigments in Easycast, Epoxyglass on perspex
200 x 180 cm
Dale Frank He took all my prescription meds, but I got a garlic prawn pizza before, and pleasure at my leisure after, 2022; Colour pigments in Easycast, Epoxyglass on perspex; 200 x 150 cm; enquire
He took all my prescription meds, but I got a garlic prawn pizza before, and pleasure at my leisure after, 2022
Colour pigments in Easycast, Epoxyglass on perspex
200 x 150 cm
Dale Frank Evelyn and Belinda, Mort Street, Surry Hills, 2022; Colour pigments in Epoxyglass, Epoxyglass on perspex; 160 x 120 cm; enquire
Evelyn and Belinda, Mort Street, Surry Hills, 2022
Colour pigments in Epoxyglass, Epoxyglass on perspex
160 x 120 cm
Dale Frank Barry and Eric, The Horsley Drive, Wetherill Park, 2022; Colour pigments in Epoxyglass, Epoxyglass on perspex; 160 x 120 cm; enquire
Barry and Eric, The Horsley Drive, Wetherill Park, 2022
Colour pigments in Epoxyglass, Epoxyglass on perspex
160 x 120 cm
Dale Frank Agatha and Fatima, Bedgerabong Road, Forbes, 2022; Colour pigments in Epoxyglass, Epoxyglass on Perspex; 160 x 120 cm; enquire
Agatha and Fatima, Bedgerabong Road, Forbes, 2022
Colour pigments in Epoxyglass, Epoxyglass on Perspex
160 x 120 cm