Sean Frye describes his own work as "a hybrid of fine art and graphic illustration." While his paintings are representational art in the strict sense of the term, Frye incorporates a range of illustrative styles in each piece. His painting Still Smoking Nuns
melds classical portraiture (that absolutely shocked Grandmama) with stylized, Kyle Barker-esque nuns. Taken as a whole, the piece recalls the strong narrative sense of the golden era of film posters, or the current trend of painted comic-book covers; Frye's paintings hint at a larger story, without delineating that tale explicitly. There's room enough to create your own interpretation within Frye's canvases, allowing for a more personal relationship with his art. Strange Adventures
, Frye's solo exhibition at the Gallery of Contemporary Art on the campus of St. Louis Community College-Forest Park (5600 Oakland Avenue; 314-644-9350), officially opens with a free reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, February 29. The show remains up through Friday, March 7.
Feb. 29-March 7, 2008