Abstract Tapestry

Franklin Perkins

My work is concerned with some of the basic aspects of visual expression: line, shape, form, scale, and color. I have experimented with applying to painting the properties of graphic art, advertising, posters, signs, and block prints. I see in my work the influence of the artists who have affected me the most: Kelly, Warhol, Mondrian, Matisse, Joseph Cornell, and lately, Stuart Davis.

As an artist I'm always thinking about the idea of the modern. What is modern today? What does the contemporary eye want to look at? What might a modern painting look like now? Mostly I think about color, and it is always the primary concern. What does modern color look like?