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Impulse, Desire & Decorum

  • Bill Lowe Gallery 764 Miami Circle, Suite 210 Atlanta, GA 30324 (map)

French-African painter Frank Schroeder presents Françafrique: Impulse, Desire & Decorum. In his North American debut exhibition, Schroeder’s work explodes with vibrancy of color and breadth of expression, coupled with a modernistic use of line and an evocative Neo-Expressionist style layered with a patterned use of numbers and text. The works tell intricately woven stories of biblical themes and personal experience blended with psychological and emotional confessions. They address his fascination with the rhythms of life and the notion of redemption. In these paintings, Schroeder struggles with the dichotomy of decadence and decorum. The tension in these pieces reveals his yearning for indulgence, but also for absolution. An unforgiving intellect probes the realm of the heart and soul. 

Schroeder was born to a French mother and a West African father, gaining an ethnicity spanning continents and divergent cultures. His family moved to the Ivory Coast, where he suffered through the First Ivorian Civil War. He retreated to an inner creative world he describes as “dark and sometimes near death.” He found solace studying the philosophy, literature and artwork of the 19th and 20th centuries. In 2004, his gallery in the Ivory Coast was ransacked in the aftermath of the revolt and all his pieces were destroyed. Later moving to Europe, he has emerged from a tumultuous childhood and a soul-crushing artistic debut to become a powerful new voice of cross-cultural relevance. 

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