Frank Interrante is a contemporary portrait and figurative painter.
He entered the Massachusetts College of Art on a scholarship for advanced students, completing his studies at the New England School of Art & Design, where he graduated near the top of his class. Working in the illustration and design field for two decades he studied painting and drawing with Numael Pulido, Paul Ingbretson and The Academy of Realist Art.
He is best known for expressive portraits that are part of a permanent collection at the Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, and Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also known for his award winning illustration work for the New York City Marathon.
Frank’s work has been shown in various galleries throughout America; he has exhibited in the Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Massachusetts, the De Cordova Art Museum, Lincoln Massachusetts and the Museum Villa Gamberaia in Florence, Italy. He is a member of the Portrait Society of America and The North Shore Art Association.
The recipient of many awards for his art, he has his own art studio specializing in portrait painting in Boston. A strong believer in giving back, Frank is a active volunteer and supporter for Boston’s Big Brother and Big Sister.
By a certain kind of magic, a painting can convey emotional truth that even a photograph may not capture. I cherish the craft of the masters before me and strive in my own painting for the highest standard of quality and beauty. As a figurative painter I specialize in portraits and other human forms. My work tends toward classical realism, but with strong painterly aspects. For me, three elements are involved in every successful painting — great design, accomplished technique, and the uncanny ability to evoke human emotion.
The process I use to deliver these results might seem a bit laborious, but it’s based on techniques that have produced enduring oil paintings for over 500 years, so I choose to honor this process rather than tamper with it. And because it brings me much joy, I want to share it with viewers. It begins with a compositional drawing in black and white on toned paper — a “value study” to determine the range of dark and light over the entire composition. Next, I do color studies. Color choice establishes mood, and is key in communicating with a viewer. I then move on to underpainting on a prepared canvas, using tones of brown that correspond to the dark areas in my value studies. Color application is next, and for this I use two techniques. depending on whether I want pale, matte areas or deep and luminous color, I “scumble” — softly brushing on layers of light, opaque color, or I “glaze” — thinly brushing on translucent color. In everyday life, we may perceive dark as obscure and light as clear, but in rendering light, classical painters like me build it up gradually, layer upon ever-thicker layer, rendering our shadowy areas in veils of thinly applied paint. This process is anything but common in today’s art world, but the care I take translates directly into the emotional impact I seek.
An indispensible element of my art is my relation to the subject, my relationship with the person in the picture. My connection with the people on my canvases is not limited to the visual, but involves perspectives ranging from the psychological to the poetic. In other words, I try to connect with all layers of the human person.
My art grows organically out of who I am. I feel very, very lucky to be able to live by doing what I love. For me, living is giving. A gift of translating beauty was given to me and I like to pass it on to others. I can’t imagine a finer existence than enlarging lives through art. My late grandmother always said, “Working with my hands makes me excited about waking up the next day.” This is what I do with my brush.
- Attended Academy of Realist Art, Boston, 2011 to 2016
- Studied with Paul Ingbretson 2008 to 2010
- Studied painting with Numeal & Shirley Pulido 1998 to 2000
- Graduate of The New England School of Art & Design, Boston, MA 1985
- Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA (Illustration workshop allowing selected high school students to attend college art courses) 1982
- Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical, Boston, MA
- Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical, Boston, MA
- New York City Marathon, NY, New York
- Epsilon, Wakefield, MA
- M & J Produce, Boston, MA
- Stone Zoo, Stoneham, MA
- Abbott Laboratories, CA & MA
- Boston Logan Airport
- Saint Francis Day Shelter, Boston, MA
- Metro West Hospital, Framingham, MA
- Hale House, NY, New York
- The American Artist’s Magazine Jan/Feb 2018
- American Art Collector Magazine August 2017 issue 142
- Improper Bostonian Magazine
- Northshore Magazine
- Boston Globe
- The Worcester Art Museum, Worester, MA / Group Show
- The DeCordova Art Museum in Lincoln, MA / Group Show
- The Museum VillaGamberaria, Florence, Italy / Group Show
- The Artist’s Magazine 34th Annual Art Competition Jan/Feb 2018 Portraits/Figures Finalist
- Finalist at The Guild of Boston Artist 2017 Regional Juried Exhibition
- Finalist at The Guild of Boston Artists 2015 Regional Juried Non-Member Exhibition
- First Place Award (for New York City Marathon poster illustration) from the New England Direct Marketing Association.
- First Place and Best of Show Award for Direct Marketing on a Shoe String, from the New England Direct Marketing Association.
- Nine time recipient of Quality Commitment Award for excellence in freelance design and illustration. Awarded by Epsilon, Wakefield, MA.
- Two Special Recognition Awards from Harvard Health Plan Art Show.
- First Place Winner of the New England School of Art & Design Student Association Logo and Illustration Contest
- Northshore Arts Association
- Portrait Society of America