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 Frank Seckler  (1964 - )

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Lived/Active: New Mexico/Colorado      Known for: southwest motif welded furniture

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Biography from The Marshall - LeKAE Gallery:
For over a decade Frank Seckler has been creating metal art. He has concentrated on developing patinas intended to bring warmth, vibrancy and texture to his steel pieces and on combining his love of color and the design process to create not only beautiful but functional work as well.

Seckler spent time at the Rhode Island School of Design and finished his degree in fine art at Lewis and Clark College. He worked for several well-known artists and sculptors during his summers and then opened Seckler Studio in Taos, New Mexico in 1989. At first he made exclusivel Southwest petroglyph inspired furniture, but in 1998 he decided to focus on both his contemporary line of work as well as other primitive works.

Sekler's training in printmaking and painting has given him the concentration and color sense to develop patinas that bring out the vibrancy of the steel. He applies a clear coat, called powder coating, to the furniture to enhance the finish as well as protect it and make it easy to clean. Powder coating is a dry finishing process, using finely ground particles of pigment and resin, which are electrostatically charged and sprayed onto a surface. The pieces receiving the powder coating are electrically grounded so that the charged powder particles projected at them adhere to the pieces and are held there until melted and fused into a smooth coating in the curing oven. The result is a uniform, durable, high-quality finish that is also environmentally friendly.

The designs used in the furniture are considered Palaeo, Classic, and Neo. Palaeo, meaning ancient, is perhaps the most simple in design. Its inspiration is drawn from primitive images as seen in caves in France and aboriginal artworks of South America and Australia. The simplicity of design is intended to speak to everyone because of suggesting a common-bond crossing barriers of culture and time. Classic line of furniture is more refined and emphasizes contrasts in color by inlaying differently finished steel. It focuses more on the animals (both mystic and real) and shamans (spiritual leaders) and their relationship in the world. The figures are inspired by ancient images found carved in stone, bone and pottery found in Panamanian, Celtic, Peruvian and other primitive art. Neo or new is contemporary in design and finish. Some of the furniture tells a story, others simply show contrasting forms and finishes. Working with form, texture, color and line, the furniture is bold and striking showing a mastery of craftsmanship.


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