Bay Area Artist Will Frates Expressionist Landscape

Bay Area Artist Will Frates Expressionist Landscape

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Will Frates, c. 1940's, Oil on Masonite, Expressionist Landscape, 16"x24", Framed

Early Will Frates (1896-1969) abstract, expressionist, landscape with figure. Oil with varnish done on masonite board. Signed W. Frates lower left in paint. Board measures 16"x24" with period, wood frame measures 17"x25". 

Very Good Condition - Minor wear consistent with age and history. Edges of board show wear and bending.

Will Frates was a  painter and etcher. Born in Hayward, CA in 1896. Frates first studied art in San Francisco with Wm Otto Emerson. He was active as an artist in the San Francisco Bay area from the 1920s while maintaining a studio-home in Hayward. He died in Myrtle Creek, OR on Aug. 5, 1969. Equally facile with oil, watercolor, and pastel, he painted landscapes of the Mother Lode country and the San Francisco Bay area. Member: Bay Region AA; Hayward AA (cofounder); Mother Lode AA; Diablo AA; Fremont AA; Santa Cruz Art League; SWA (pres.) Exh: Oakland Art Gallery, 1924-39; Calif. State Fair, 1930; Santa Cruz Art League, 1934, 1938; GGIE, 1939; Society for Sanity in Art, CPLH, 1939; Alameda Co. Fair, 1948.

 

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