Since 1989 I have been inspired by West African culture. In Montreuil-Sous-Bois, an eastern suburb of Paris where I live, there is a Malian population of over 2000 inhabitants. During the years that I have lived here, I quickly discovered the beauty and wealth of their music, with its Mandingue djembé rhythms and dances and the exciting colours of the traditional African clothing. All of these became a passion and a source of inspiration for my painting. I participated regularly in cultural demonstrations and exhibitions against racism as well as festive Malian celebrations put on by the local community.
After a time of less regular artistic production because of teaching full-time, I became interested in the Hip Hop culture as it developed here in France. The rapid movement and acrobatic skills involved in break dancing became my new source of inspiration. My artwork became very gestural, expressing movement through rapid charcoal sketching and brush strokes. I created images based on the French urban culture for about two years when I discovered the interesting effects produced by the vibrations while commuting to work in the metro and suburb trains. In 2007 I was invited to go to Mali when I began once again to paint the beauty of the west African culture.
After the attacks in Paris in 2015, I decided that I needed to create images that were purely taking into consideration the formal aspects of art making. I wanted to produce paintings and artwork that would appease and add beauty to our world that is troubled by violence and horrific imagery that is regularly spread across the media. The development of my imaginary writing has evolved from the time I worked on the vibration series back in 2005. I explore colour, form, rhyme and composition as well as the concept of symbols and signs.
Né dans le nord-ouest de l’Ontario au Canada en 1958, Frank Vescio vit en France depuis 1978. Étudiant à l’École Nationale d’Arts Décoratifs de Nice, il monte à Paris en 1980 afin d’y poursuivre ses études à l’École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts. Frank travaille la gravure, la pointe sèche, la sérigraphie, la peinture...
Si l’on voit l’influence de peintres abstraits tels que Mirò et Kandinsky dans son travail, l'on y retrouve aussi dans les formes organiques, celle d’artistes de l’Art Nouveau tels que Margaret MacDonald Mackintosh et son époux, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. L’influence des calligraphies orientales est également présente dans l’écriture imaginaire de certaines compositions.
Se limitant aux aspects purement formels (formes, traits, couleurs), les œuvres présentées ici tranchent avec la violence et la brutalité des images diffusées à longueur de journée par les médias. Frank Vescio cherche ainsi à nous offrir un instant de beauté et d'apaisement dans ce monde trouble.