“Twilight Nocturne” 2002 48 x 67 acrylic on canvas
Michael Fram’s paintings amuse, perplex, engage and please. They kindle the viewer’s fancy – they engage and summon one to plot stories for the scene he sets. His seascapes offer whimsical perspectives with caricatures of ships mocking a scene’s natural serenity, while drawing the viewer aboard and out into the sea.
Fram repackages expected portrayals of the familiar. He creates presence, personality, character with a gentle surreal touch, then offers them for play. He uses humor to surprise, delight and engage. His humor is subtle, wry, witty and lingering, not momentary as with a joke or a cartoon’s punch line.
An introduction to a monograph of Fram’s work printed in 1989 remains apt today in its declaration that, “Michael Fram’s calm, personal view of the world with his warm and gentle vision of family life and the characters around us, provide scenes of a world which could almost be our own.”
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