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Vast, Sweeping Landscapes: Art by Frank Kusch

A painting of a looming storm cloudAlone in the Field, oil on canvas

Frank Kusch is a painter who specializes in vast, sweeping landscapes, capturing skies and weather events with a great sense of scale. Using both oil and acrylic paint, Frank captures the majesty and power of clouds, waves, and other natural phenomena.

A painting of a field in clouds and sunlightPlaces I Know, oil on canvas


I really enjoy Frank’s recent series of paintings that focus on clouds and skies. The subject matter – clouds, oftentimes rendered with barely any earthly context -- reminds me of work by Ian Fisher. Unlike Fisher’s often peaceful, pillow-y clouds, however, Frank’s works depict the skies in a state of turmoil. Deep, dark grey backgrounds with roiling highlights of white and occasional colors create a fascinating sense of tension in Frank’s landscapes. One gets a sense of dramatic narrative from these paintings.

The front page of Frank Kusch's art


Frank’s water imagery captures a similar tone – in his wave paintings, the artist treats the ocean in a similar manner to his skies, rendering crashing waves and churning water with a similar attention to highlights and abstracted detail.

An oil painting of a cresting waveUndertow, oil on canvas

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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