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The Artist's Story

Frank Corso was born in Syracuse New York. Taking a keen interest in art at a very early age, he was inspired to draw and paint the landscape of the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York . He had the opportunity to have very fine Art teachers in high school who also happen to be fine painters (George Benedict and Nick Todisco), and through their influence began to polish his painting style from an early age. After attending Onondaga Community College for architecture. and realizing that the rigid structure of Architecture was not for him, he began elective courses in Fine Arts at Syracuse University, and here for the first time began to study abstract painting and design with professors like Frank Goodnow and others to broaden the horizons of painting. It was here where he also began working with etching and lithograph printmaking. Never losing sight of traditional landscape painting, he then began to focus more on an Art career and began private study in portrait and figure painting with Austrian born portrait painter, Robert Hoffmann. Here he was able to hone in on the discipline of technique and begin to study portrait painting from a professional Artist, learning painting technique impossible to find in traditional schools.This association lasted for over eleven years. He then began to travel and paint extensively around the country and eventually to Europe, focusing his attention on Italy. As time went on he continued study with other portrait painters such as Daniel Greene of New York and Jack Callahan of Rockport, building on the foundation he gained with Robert Hoffmann and feeling that the way to gain knowledge of landscape painting was through portrait painters, which he could then apply to landscape painting, enabling him to forge his own style.

Around 1980, he relocated to the North Shore of Massachusetts, where there has always been a thriving art scene. He achieved Master status at the Copley Society in Boston and began to receive many awards for his work, including The Yankee Sagendorf award and the Grumbacher medal. Paintings have been included in “The best of Oil Painting” and the “Best of Pastel” hard cover art books by Rockport Publishers and feature articles recently in “Sea History Magazine” and Southwest Florida's "Expressions" magazine. He continues to have sell out one man shows in both Nantucket Massachusetts and in Florida. Most recently he signed a release as his paintings were selected to be incleded in the movie set of an upcoming major motion picture called "The Company Men" starring Kevin Costner, Ben Afflect and Tommy Lee Jones, filmed in Boston Ma..

Frank still spends some time in coastal Massachusetts where he maintains a home and studio, in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate NY, and at his home in Southwest Florida, where he seems to be spending the majority of his time these days, along with various painting trips around the country and Europe where he has painted from Sicily to Tuscany. More recently he has worked in both Hawai and California with an upcoming trip to paint harvest season in and around Napa valley. He was also recently invited to conduct a week long Artist in Residence program at the esteemed Pitcher Inn in Warren Vermont where he painted, gave talks and demos and finished the week with a two hour concert. His many other interests include being a professional Blues and Old time musician , having released three CD’s with his band Roll and Tumble and a fourth Solo CD with guest musicians . He is currently at work on a new solo CD project which should be scheduled for a spring release. He also has built his own guitars and banjos and has restored and maintains his award winning 1933 Plymouth coupe and 2008 C6 ZO6 Corvette. His paintings are sought by collectors and hang in many private and corporate institutions around the world including the Ritz Carlton, Tiburon Golf resort, Naples Florida, State Farm Insurance, Nantucket Golf club,,The Cloister, Geogia Sea Island and many others. Frank is represented by fine Galleries and dealers nationwide.

 

Some Awards and Affiliations

Master Status from the Copley Society of Boston

Elected Full member Pastel Society of America

American Society of Marine Artists

1987-Grumbacher Gold Medal

1984 Yankee Sagendorf Award

1985-86-87-88-89-91 Massachusetts Arts Lottery Council awards

 

Selected Shows

15 Annual one -man shows at Gardner Colby Gallery, Naples, FL

2006 One Man show, Cavalier Gallery, Nantucket MA

2005 One Man Show, Robert Wilson Gallery, Nantucket Ma.

2004-2006 Wentworth Coolidge Mueseum, NH

2001 Attelboro Museum, MA

1999 Harvard Club, Boston,MA

1996 John Collins Gallery, Newburyport, MA

1988 Art Expo, NYC

 

 

Some Publications

2014 Release of a new book of paintings titled "Frank Corso, A painter's journey"

2007 Feature article American Art Collector magazine

2005 Expressions magazine

2005 Feature article American Art Collector magazine

2004 Spotlight Magazine

2004 American Art Review

2003 Cape Cod Life

2000 Sea History Magazine

1990 Fine Art and Antiques

1997 The Best of Oil Painting, Rockport Publishing

1997 The Best of Pastel, Rockport Publishing

1988 Decor Magazine

1985 Yankee Magazine

1995 Enrico Donati Gallery, Ma.

 



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