Description This work is part of a series titled, The Thread Paintings. I have been working on this series since Fall of 2003. The artwork delicately rests on the line between the ridged, graphic elements of design and the expressive, painterly brush strokes of Abstract Expressionism.
Nick Franco, Dallas, TX Member Since July 2008 Artist Statement I grew up in the southwestern city of El Paso, Texas. From early childhood, I was drawn to art making and creative expression. But when I left to attend college, it was with the desire to become a graphic designer. While attending Colorado State University, I became so inspired by the personal and experimental work being created in the painting department that I switched concentrations.
It was in my senior year at Colorado State that I first began experimenting with abstraction in nature and a more free form, subjective style of painting. In 2000, I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Painting. I have since exhibited my artwork in Colorado, Texas, Arizona, and Illinois.
For two years I served as the Artist in Residence in Painting & Drawing for the City of Phoenix. I went on to instruct K-8 students throughout Arizona in the visual arts. In 2013, I earned my Masters in Art Education from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. For my Thesis, I investigated how museums utilize mobile technology to create an open dialogue with adolescent learners.
I am currently teaching Art & Digital Design at the Innovation Design Entrepreneurship Academy in Dallas, Texas. I also started my own web design business, which incorporates commissioned artwork for office spaces.