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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. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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