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£232
Thread Painting (Black/White)
 
£348
Thread Painting (Cavity)
 
£406
Thread Painting (Chambers)
 
£362
Thread Painting (Chemistry)
 
£336
Thread Painting (Electric)
 
£284
Thread Painting (Fracture)
 
£335
Thread Painting (Geography)
 
£258
Thread Painting (Portrait)
 
£336
Thread Painting (Sangre)
 
£258
Thread Painting (Sinew)
 
£213
Thread Painting (Spark)
 
£323
Thread Painting (Strands)
 
£423
Thread Painting (Territory)
 
£336
Thread Painting (Thorns)
 
£350
Thread Painting (Torrent)
 
£430
Thread Painting (Valle)
 
£181
Thread Painting (White/Black)
 
£220
Thread Painting (Wilted)
 
£322
Thread Painting (Wisteria)
 
£267
Thread Painting 11
 
£305
Thread Painting 12
 
£307
Thread Painting 19
 
£153
Thread Painting 3
 
£323
Thread Paintng (Viscera)
 
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Nick Franco Biography
I grew up in the southwestern city of El Paso, Texas. From early childhood, I was drawn to art making and creative expression. But when I left to attend college, it was with the desire to become a Graphic Designer. While attending Colorado State University, I became so inspired by the experimental, personalized work being created in the painting department that I switched concentrations.It was in my senior year at Colorado State that I first began experimenting with abstraction in nature and a more free form, subjective style of painting. In 2000, I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in Painting. In 2005, I received my Teacher Certification from Rio Salado College in Arizona. I am fully endorsed in Art & Second Language Instruction.I have spent the last ten years exhibiting my artwork in galleries in Colorado, Texas, and Arizona. I also curate a gallery space in El Paso, Texas for emerging artists. For two years I served as the Artist in Residence in Painting & Drawing for the City of Phoenix, Arizona. I went on to instruct elementary students throughout Arizona. After six years in the classroom, I decided to pursue a Masters degree in Art. I am currently enrolled in the Masters of Art Education program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
 
Education:
Bachelor of Fine Arts with a minor in English, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA December 2000 Arizona State Teacher Certification with Endorsements in Art & ESL Instruction, Rio Salado College, Phoenix, Arizona, USA October 2005
 
Awards:



 
Selected Commissions/collections:
Steve Brown & Associates, LLC, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Completed five commissioned pieces for the law firm's permanent collection
 
Single Exhibitions:
July-August 2010 Spec10 Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona
Set up and promoted an exhibition of recent work

July 2007-September 2009 Lancer's Club, El Paso, Texas
Set up and promoted an exhibition for a private dining club

July 2004 Studio Hub, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Worked closely with gallery curator to set up and promote mini-retrospective of work

May 2004 @Central Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Worked closely with gallery curator to display series of work for one man show

May-June 2003 Arizona State University Downtown Galleria, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Set up and promoted one man show

April-May 2001 Lloyd's Art Center, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
Participated in set up and promotion of one man show

March 1999 Colorado State University Mini-Gallery, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
Set up and promoted one man show
 
Group Exhibitions:
2002-Present Franco Art Studios, El Paso, Texas, USA
Managing a gallery space for local contemporary artists

November-December 2010 Herberger Theater Center, Phoenix, Arizona
One of my pieces was selected for a juried show focusing on dance & movement

March-April 2010 Shemer Art Center, Phoenix, Arizona
One of my pieces was selected for a juried show of local artists

September-October 2009 SunDust Gallery, Mesa, Arizona
One of my pieces was selected for a juried show focusing on movement & music

July-August 2008 Herberger Theater Center, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Two of my pieces were selected for a juried show of Abstract art

March 2008 West Valley Art Museum, Surprise, Arizona, USA
Set up display panels and artwork for participation in Arts Festival

August 2006 Lumbre Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Set up and promoted an exhibition accompanied by a local artist

March 2006 Monorchid Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Participated in set up and promotion of Art Detour exhibit with several local artists

October 2005 First Studio, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Participated in set up and promotion of art exhibit featuring musical performances

March 2005 Phoenix Center for the Arts Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Participated in set up and promotion of group show with fellow Resident Artists

March 2005 Monorchid Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Participated in set up and promotion of Art Detour exhibit with several local artists

February-March 2005 Gilbert Community Fine Art Show, Gilbert, Arizona, USA
Three of my pieces were selected for the annual juried art show

September 2004 Phoenix Center for the Arts Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Participated in set up and promotion of group show with fellow Resident Artists

March 2004 Phoenix Center for the Arts Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Participated in set up and promotion of group show with fellow Resident Artists

May 2003 The Paper Heart Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Participated in group show with several local artists

March 2003 Urbana Productions, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Assembled a collection of pieces for the Art Detour exhibit

November 2002-January 2003 City Hall, El Paso, Texas, USA
Participated in group show with two local artists

2001-2002 V.C. Gallery, El Paso, Texas, USA
Worked closely with gallery curator to display collection of works.
 
Artist's Statement:
I have been exploring a style of artwork titled the Thread Paintings since the fall of 2003. It began as a way to juxtapose two conflicting influences--the ridged, graphic elements of design with the painterly brushwork of Abstract Expressionism. Both influences are equally represented within the series, yet each painting possesses its own personality. Medium, surface, paint application, & color scheme all vary from piece to piece.The very first Thread Paintings were assigned chronological numbers, so their meaning was left up to the viewer. The Thread Paintings are now given a one-word title, which ties together the formal and conceptual qualities of each piece. The lines rise above the painting and twist into abstract forms, or threads. The thick, ornate threads are likened to trees or roots, while the more tenuous threads resemble chords, lightning, and even wisps of smoke. Often overlapping across the surface, the threads create organic shapes. The shapes divide up backgrounds of aggressive paint application, stained colors, and solid forms.Explorations within the medium and surface have yielded a variety of results. Oil paint�s consistency produces texture and vibrancy within the threads. Acrylic and watercolor can stain the surface and overlap background color. Watercolor paper provides an immediacy to paint application, with the threads and background converging across a single layer. Canvas and linen support thicker threads and a greater character of brushwork.Each Thread Painting must be viewed as a single piece of a larger puzzle. The approach to each work may differ, but the philosophy remains the same. These are all meditative, Abstract designs being held together by the tightest of threads.