In 1912, Frank Caldwell was born in San Francisco into a family of artists and writers. Being raised with an artistic background, he was inspired to enter the arts himself. He studied art at the San Francisco School of Design, the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles and at Warren Rollins in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Through the course of his career, Caldwell had taught art at Los Angeles City College, was a United State Marine artist, and designed murals for the United States Maritime Commission. While living in Los Angeles, he became involved with the entertainment industry. He designed murals for the Pasadena Playhouse and other theaters, created art for NBC's opera series and for the Band of America and the Perry Como shows. He was also art director for New World Productions. A few of the films he designed and produced were: In the Beginning, a winner at the Cannes Film Festival and Frenzy: The New Orleans Story. Since 1970 he has devoted himself to painting, drawing and graphics.
A sense of complete design is the element in Caldwell's work that he values the most. To accomplish this, he calls upon his extensive background and training in design. Each of his pieces has been carefully worked and reworked, to achieve this sense of complete design.
He has worked in oil, watercolor, oil pastel, and tempera among other media. Because he values the brilliant colors with which the oil pastels allow him to work, this has become has favorite media. Those brilliant colors are evident particularly in his vibrant marine paintings. He gained a love and respect for the water during the time he spent with the Marines and Maritime Commission.
Caldwell's works are in many private and corporate collections throughout the world including: American Honda, Prudential Bache, the City of Long Beach, Tishman Construction Col, Transamerica Insurance Corp., Union Texas Petroleum and Uoqumi Gallery in Tokyo. He has had one-man shows in Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, San Diego, New York, Washington D.C., Baltimore and Florida galleries and museums.