Gregory William Frux


Gregory William Frux

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location = Brooklyn, New York
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nationality = American
field = Painting
training = Brooklyn Museum Art School, Art Students League, National Academy of Design
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Gregory William Frux (born March 25, 1958) is a traditional realist artist, working mainly in the landscape genre. His oil paintings document both New York’s cityscapes and wilderness locations in North and South America.

Biography

Gregory Frux was born in Brooklyn, New York on March 25, 1958. His father was an engineer and later school teacher who emigrated from Lvov, Poland in August 1939. His mother was grade school math teacher, who later taught adult literacy. It was from both of their teaching and explanation of the everyday challenges of a teacher’s life that Frux developed a passion for public buildings and the impact that art could have on a developing child’s lives.

Frux pursued art training art at the Brooklyn Museum Art School, Art Students League and National Academy of Design where he studied with Harvey Dinnerstein while simultaneously earning a Bachelor of Architecture and subsequent license as an architect. From 1983 to 1989 Frux worked as an Architect for the New York City Board of Education (BOE) designing school additions and modernizations. In order to pursue his passion for art in public schools, in 1989 Frux moved to the newly created Public Art for Public Schools unit of the BOE, which is responsible for protection of 1300 works of art owned by NYC. As a curator Frux catalogued, protected and helped conserved this significant collection from 1989 to 2006.

While working for the Board of Education, Frux completed his Master of Fine Arts from Brooklyn College in 1986, studying with noted realist Lennart Anderson. After coursework in Carrara, Italy in 1984 he became increasingly interested in outdoor painting. Frux worked most often in Lower Manhattan, along the East River, and in Brooklyn’s Park Slope, Coney Island and on the Gowanus Canal, painting on site in oils. His cityscapes have received recognition with exhibitions at Brooklyn Borough Hall, Brooklyn College, the Coney Island Museum [http://www.coneyisland.com/museum.shtml] , Long Island University and a commission by the New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority [http://www.mta.info/mta/aft/posters/posters.html?year=1999] .

Frux is deeply interested in the wilderness both aesthetically and as mountaineer. His climbing career has dovetailed with creative work in increasingly remote locations. Frux has served as artist in residence in four national park units: Weir Farm National Historic Site in Wilton, Ct, Glacier National Park, Joshua Tree National Park and Death Valley National Park.He has painted in the Rockies, Andes, Sierra Nevada, and Mohave Desert, including ‘portraits’ of significant peaks such as Cerro Fitzroy, Sajama and Lotus Flower Tower. Portions of this work have been included in the permanent collection of the National Park Service and by the American Alpine Club. In December 2007 Frux traveled as artist in residence aboard the cruise ship Orlova to the Antarctic Peninsula [http://www.theme.com.au/site/polar/files/Orlova_Trip_Report.pdf] .

Publications

* 1999 - “Putting the glow on the Big Apple” http://www.afscme.org/publications/8247.cfm
* 2004-05 - "Journey to the Lotus" and cover artist of Whole Terrain's volume on 'Risk' http://www.wholeterrain.org/issue_13/
* 2005 - “Death Valley National Park hosts visiting artists” Pahrump Valley Times http://www.pahrumpvalleytimes.com/2005/07/01/news/dvartists.html

Collections

Permanent Collections

* Death Valley National Park [http://home.nps.gov/deva/parknews/upload/VisitingArtists06282005.pdf]
* Joshua Tree National Park [http://www.mirage-net.com/clients/PASTA/frux.htm]
* Glacier National Park [http://www.hockadaymuseum.org/Exhibits/2002/ArtRes_archive.htm]
* Metrotech, B.I.D.
* National Museum of Art of Kyrgyzstan
* New York City Department of Education [http://schools.nyc.gov/Offices/SCA/Programs/PAPS/default.htm]
* New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority [http://www.mta.info/mta/aft/posters/posters.html?year=1999&poster=784428417]
* New York University-- Fales Library and Special Collection [http://www.nyu.edu/library/bobst/research/fales/finding/about2.htm]
* Universal Diagnostic Laboratories
* United States Library of Congress

hown on loan

* United States Embassies in Madagascar and Ethiopia under the Federal Art in the Embassies Program [http://aiep.state.gov/exhibits/index.cfm]

Print collections inclusions

* Maria Henle (estate) artist & master printmaker [http://www.mariahenlestudio.com/]
* Nomi Silverman artist & master printmaker [http://nomisilverman.com/home.html]
* Kevin Burke, President & CEO of Con Edison
* Samuel Delany, Hugo Award winning science fiction author and scholar [http://www2.pcc.com/staff/jay/delany/photos.html]
* Steven Larsen, author of Shaman's Doorway, Center for Symbolic Studies

External links

* Gregory Frux’s Home Page, Art and Adventures (http://frux.net/)
* Video “Wild and Human Landscapes” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4iq2J9YbhZI)
* Public Art for Public Schools (http://schools.nyc.gov/Offices/SCA/Programs/PAPS/default.htm)


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