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Robert FERD Frank

Ferdworks

St. Louis, MO

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I became interested in becoming a visual artist in the year 2000. I am fortunate enough to be surrounded by many talented local artists which have been a great influence on me. My painting techniques were developed by painting on art cars and watching others paint. My photography began with the introduction of the digital age. I became fascinated the use of Photoshop and various other Apps for digital artwork. My interest with the camera came later, somewhere around 2005.

My early years as an artist were focused mainly on music. I first played trumpet in high school, and my interest changed to rock & roll after the English invasion of the Stone's and Beatles.
I played in a local band, the Aerovons, that recorded an album at Abbey Road in 1969. In the mid 70's I hooked up with John Cougar(Mellencamp), and recorded 4 albums with him as his bass player.

All of my images are taken from a gut instinct.  I see a beautiful moment, I react, and I take the picture, which can happen anywhere, anytime, and be any subject.  It could be magical light, an expression, a combination of color or shapes, a special moment in life..... 
I believe you need be in spirit of the image before the editing process begins to get the best results, otherwise the end product can turn out lifeless.  Some images are edited immediately after I shoot them... others wait until the time and energy is right.
Much of my current work is High Dynamic Range(HDR),  a process which blends multiple exposures of the same image in special software.  This is what gives my images an illustrated look.  I put the final touches to the images in photoshop.    I work intuitively, and let the process of editing the image take me where ever it takes me.  The final reward for me is the print.
I like to title my images to give the viewer an interpretive starting point and leave the rest to be interpreted.

AWARDS

2013

Winner at the 2013 6th Annual Photography Masters Cup as Merit of Excellence in the Photojournalism category.
Winner at the 2013 6th Annual Photography Masters Cup as Nominee in the Americana category. Four images won the Nominee award.

2012

Presented with “Honorable Mention in Fine Art”in the International 7th Annual Black and White Spider Awards

Presented with “Third Place Honor of Distinction in Portrait” in the International 7th Annual Black and White Spider Awards

2011

Presented with “Honorable Mention in Still Life” in the 5th Annual Photography Masters Cup International Color Awards

Presented with “Nominee in Americana” in the 5th Annual Photography Masters Cup International Color Awards

2010

Presented with “Nominee in Architecture” in the 4th Annual Photography Masters Cup International Color Awards

Exhibitions


2011 Center For Fine Art Photography Fort Collins, Colorado
Exhibition theme "BLUE" January 7 - 29

2009 Marbles Gallery Solo Exhibit "The Way I see It" 50 photographs and paintings. April 1 thru April 26
The Art of Green Crestwood Court Current
The Sheldon Gallery "24 Hour Cure"

2008 Kokemen Gallery Naughty Gras
Kokemen Gallery Tarts and Vicars
Soulard Art Factory
Venice Cafe
Clayton Gallery

2007 Venice Cafe
Gateway Gallery
Madd Aarf

2006 House of Jewels
Monarch
Art Dimension
Madd Aarf

2005 House of Jewels
Art Dimension
Crown Valley Winery
Mad Art Gallery
Madd Aarf

Public Display

St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium
Frazers Restaurant
Hilton Hotel Springfield, Illinois
Venice Cafe
Dent Squad
House of Jewels

Media

"Homeward Bound" The early years of John Cougar Mellencamp Biography Channel.

 

Barn No More by Robert FERD Frank

 

Kitchen in Autumn Colors by Robert FERD Frank

 

Time For Baby's Bath by Robert FERD Frank

 

All the leaves are gold but there's one astray by Robert FERD Frank

 

Last Chance Conoco by Robert FERD Frank

 

Scottish Highlander Bull by Robert FERD Frank

 

Sedona Sunset by Robert FERD Frank

 

Chain of Rocks Park by Robert FERD Frank

 

Dolly Madison Ice Cream Sign by Robert FERD Frank

 

Wooden City by Robert FERD Frank

 

Venus by Robert FERD Frank

 

Formfit Girl by Robert FERD Frank

 

Fruit of the Loom Girl by Robert FERD Frank

 

Little Mother by Robert FERD Frank

 

Carnival Indian by Robert FERD Frank

 

Nickel Dime Quarter Slots by Robert FERD Frank

 

Bird in Paradise by Robert FERD Frank

 

Pepes Cafe by Robert FERD Frank

 

Bumper Sticker Pickup by Robert FERD Frank

 

Sunset at Hogfish Marina by Robert FERD Frank

 

Cock-Eyed by Robert FERD Frank

 

Captiva Heron in flight by Robert FERD Frank

 

Captiva Heron by Robert FERD Frank

 

Bobby's Monkey Bar by Robert FERD Frank

 

Stage Legs by Robert FERD Frank

 

Ralph by Robert FERD Frank

 

SAM by Robert FERD Frank

SAM

 

ANNIE by Robert FERD Frank

 

MIA by Robert FERD Frank

MIA

 

The Bleeding Mother by Molly

 

Rose by Molly

 

The Bleeding Skull by Molly

 

Her by Molly

Her

 

Melting Color by Molly

 

Smoking Causes Bad Breath by Robert FERD Frank

 

MAMA? by Robert FERD Frank

 

Reverting Back by Robert FERD Frank

 

Needing a little color by Robert FERD Frank

 

Bonding by Robert FERD Frank

 

Paradise on a Pad by Robert FERD Frank

 

Fill 'er Up with Ethyl by Robert FERD Frank

 

Mystical Stream by Robert FERD Frank

 

Winter Tree by Robert FERD Frank

 

ROTATING VESS SODA BOTTLE by Robert FERD Frank

 

Mystical Catsup by Robert FERD Frank

 

The Madam and Henry by Robert FERD Frank

 

CLOSED STORE by Robert FERD Frank

 

FALSTAFF BREWERY by Robert FERD Frank