K. Gwen Frank graduated with honours from Alberta College of Art and Design (4 yr. diploma 1983, and BFA 2002) and continued independent fine art studies at the University of Calgary. She has participated in over a hundred juried national and international exhibitions, and has had a number of solo exhibitions. Gwen participated in three artist-in-residence periods at Centrum Frans Masereel in Kasterlee, Belgium, and l'Association de la Cardabelle in Cruejouls, Aveyron, France, and was invited to participate in Slovakia's 1st International Printmaking Symposium and Exhibition in Bratislava. She has given intaglio workshops and lectures at Wake Forest University, North Carolina, Hollins University, Virginia, at University of Waterloo, Ontario, and throughout Alberta. She continues to work from her Calgary & East Coulee, Alberta studios, focusing on intaglio techniques, watercolour and drawing.
“My images are hand drawn & etched with resists & acid into copperplate, then inked & printed on a hand operated intaglio/etching press in my home studio.
Through my work I try to elicit the sublime residing within the mundane, speaking to my innate passion for the Canadian prairies & the Rocky Mountain foothills — a land in whose language I think and dream.
Drawing from events in my life, I juxtapose ordinary narrative elements to embrace mystery, and to reflect parallels, coincidence or happenstance that can illuminate an ordinary life, if there is such a thing.”
K. Gwen Frank, Calgary