Frank To

Frank To is a young Glasgow-based artist whose unique painting technique is garnering him international recognition as a leading contemporary figurative painter amongst art critics and high profile collectors alike, including actor Patrick Stewart (of Star Trek fame) and New York based Michel Witmer, who hangs To’s paintings alongside those of Picasso, Dine and Warhol.

Born in Glasgow 1982, Frank To graduated from the University of Huddersfield with BA (Hons) Fine Art. He went on to gain a Masters of Fine Art from Duncan of Jordanstone Art College.

There is drama in a Frank To painting. A brooding mental energy that sucks you in and leaves you wondering what, why, where? There is always something or someone or even part of someone emerging from the depths of one of his paintings. This is probably because this engaging, highly focused artist stirs himself into the work in a way that many of his peers- of all ages- do not. – Jan Patience, Art Correspondant, The Herald 2008

I like Frank’s work for it’s thoughtfulness, intensity, use of colour and quite mature technique. He’s adventurous and bold, and not afraid of a big canvas.- Patrick Stewart 2009

To’s utterly unique and striking painting technique is inspired by a story attributed to the Renaissance sculptor, Michelangelo. It was said Michelangelo could visualise the human form within a block of marble. To, similarly, teases out figures from initially abstract images. Other influences on his work are drawn from literary sources, such as the Greek philosophers Plato and Aristotle.


2009: –    The Deloitte LLP Award
2007: –    The PSYBT and Royal Bank of Scotland Business Award

Examples of work by Frank To

Frank-To-Self-Portrait-with-Plague-Doctor-Mask Frank-To-Tearsofjupiter Frank-To-Seasonofthewitchdoctor Frank-To-Theconsultation Frank-To-Wishful-Thinking-oil-on-canvas-110cm-x-80cm_£3000 Frank To - Rivalry Frank To - Master at Arms Frank To - Iron Man Frank To - Consumed
Self Portrait with Plague Doctor Mask # 3 Tears of Jupiter Season of the Witch Doctor The Consultation Wishful Thinking Rivalry Master at Arms Iron Man Consumed

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