Frances McCormack Description
Frances McCormack was born in Boston and received her MFA from the University of California at Berkeley. She is Associate Professor in the Painting Department at the San Francisco Art Institute. McCormack was the recipient of the first SFAI faculty residency at the American Academy in Rome, three Buck Foundation individual artist grants and a Djerassi Residency.
Frances McCormack’s canvases are lush, with references to natural places - gardens, forests and woods. The paintings combine stark architectural elements and loosely interpreted botanical forms. She incorporates landscape design drawings into her loose passages and biological shapes.
Frances McCormack Statement
Artist Statement - Frances McCormack
Combining landscape design drawings, stark architectural elements and loosely interpreted botanical forms, the paintings manifest a range of felt energies reflected through the natural world in an invented space. The shaping power of limitation, barely visible but suggested by various forms, is the primary motivation of the image.
Lush paint, the physicality of the execution and the history of decisions are obvious and unapologetically optical. Form is referential but not realistic, inviting the viewer’s participation.
Frances McCormack Resumé