Mickey Frome, American (1946 - )

Mickey Frome

Date of Birth: 11/18/1946

Genre: Realism, Photo Realism & Occasional Abstract

Subject Matter: Equestrian, Aviation, Sea & Landscapes, City Scenes, Reflective Surfaces, Flowers (New) and Occasional Still Life.

Also: Certain phases of computer graphics and graphic design.

Schooling: Self-Taught

I began my art career as a small child, drawing stick figures with a pencil as most small children do. With a fascination for airplanes, aviation became my first artistic focus. My parents recognized my affinity for art and furnished me with pencils, tempera paints and crayons.

While in high school and a brief tenure in college I took some courses, but never gleaned anything out of it. Much of it was commercial and at the time it was not in tune with the type of work that interested me (not that it was a bad thing).

In my late teens I began fooling around with oils. With an interest in surrealism and the work of Salvador Dali my painting began. The graphic work of M.C. Escher and Aubrey Beardsley drew my attention as well.

During the psychedelic era of the 1960's, I began experimenting with the rapidograph and especially liked the work of Isaac Abrams, attempting to emulate his wonderful style while still fooling around with surrealism in my painting.

In my mid twenties I decided to develop structure, bought some seascape tutorial books and started to acquire a foundation in oil painting. This is when my style changed to what might be considered a traditional arrangement. I especially like how the impact properties of light and shadow (whether subtle or prominent) contribute to the composition. The light on dark style as applied by Flemish Masters also corralled me.

In the mid to late Seventies, my sojourns to Belmont Park began; the beauty of the Thoroughbred mesmerizes me to this day. I love the work of Richard Stone Reeves, and many of the other fine equestrian artists. They inspire me to keep improving my style as an equestrian painter; consequently, the evolution continues.

At this juncture I am open to various subject matter, but my love for The Equestrian will maintain prominence in my repertoire.

The learning process continues.

-Mickey Frome

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