Frank Ordaz: Landscapes of the American Myth
Frank Ordaz paints iconic landscapes with a cinematic flair. He isn't a realist, however. Even when he paints recognizable landmarks and locations, he reaches for a sense of the mythical that transcends the real.
"What I try to get across," he explains, "is that I want to paint landscapes that describe the American myth in terms of our sense of place."
Ordaz is attracted to definitive, iconic scenery that he endows with a luminosity that enhances its sense of visual character and transcendent appeal. He paints the visceral memory of places.
Committed to the idea that art goes beyond life -- and that it enhances life -- Frank Ordaz believes that the job of the artist is to see potential and possibility. Having been raised in poverty, he is living proof of what such an optimistic, hard-working approach can accomplish. He is an affirmative artist, in love with the world and fully aware of its possibilities.
John Natsoulas Press