With their immediacy and almost spiritual intensity, the work of painter Lillia Frantin presents unique qualities that have made them sought after by collectors all over the world. Vibrant color, sensuous paint handling and rich surface, juxtapositions of scale and space and almost musical rhythms - create an overall exuberance and buoyancy that express a deep joy of life. While we are reminded of Van Gogh, Matisse and Bonnard, Lillia’s art is distinctly and completely her own. With playful, free, almost childlike imagination and an approach both deeply personal yet accessible and welcoming, she invites viewers to join her and see the world ‘anew,’ as if for the first time. Whether painting from an exotic balcony with sweeping vistas, from windows with seaside and garden views, or in her own studio lush with plants and flowers, patterned rugs and cloth, multi-colored shutters and curvy-legged chairs, it’s the ‘simple pleasures of seeing and feeling’ that fill her art. Moods shifting from bold to delicate, richly complex compositions and unexpected flashes of bare canvas, line that dances or emphasizes, her signature palette - luminous orange reds and deep greens, lemon yellows and glowing limes, warm greys, pale rose, violet blues and tender aqua tones - then goes beyond ‘visual beauty’ to convey feelings of generosity, vitality and well-being. With emotional response and a sense of optimism and possibility, her art is an art of discovery and expectation. No holds barred.
“A professor of Modern Art and Painting for twenty years, Lillia received her Master’s Degree from Pratt Institute, NY and for over 40 years her work has been widely collected here and in Europe and featured in numerous exhibitions including ten years with The Wally Findlay Galleries in Manhattan and Palm Beach/Florida, Barcelona; London; exhibits in Provence/France where she also was awarded an Artist-in-Residency; also featured in Palm Desert/CA and Scottsdale/Arizona; in Washington, DC and Atlanta; Santa Fe/New Mexico; as well as on the Cape, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. She is pleased to now be represented in Provincetown by the Julie Heller Gallery and invites you to enjoy her recent work.”
- S.Barnes, Art writer, NYC