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Frank Frazetta Original Artwork at Austin SXSW

March 14, 2015

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I should have been catching up on the painting today, but instead I made a trip to see an exhibit down in Austin of original artwork by Frank Frazetta.

There were several paintings and a couple pencil drawings of his there. It was my first time to see original art by him, and I was more than thrilled. Seeing “The Egyptian Queen” and “Conan and the Man Ape” alone was well worth the trip. Art at this level should always be seen in person. If you’ve only seen them in print, you are missing out. The tones that Frazetta put in the shadows almost always got eliminated in prints. I was very surprised to see how thinly he painted. I couldn’t find even slightly raised brush strokes anywhere, and they were all oils.

Also on display were other artworks by Drew Struzan and other artists from a collection of director, Robert Rodriguez. The large “Sin City” portraits I especially liked. The show will run through next week, ending Saturday the 21st. If you’re in the Austin area please check it out.

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