Selected works by Dana Frankfort

Dana Frankfort
Believe Believe Believe


Oil on canvas on panel

114.3 x 213.4 cm

Merging graffiti and high art abstraction Dana Frankfort’s paintings occupy a hazy space between verbal and visual communication. Using text as a platform for expressive embellishment each canvas reveals a word or phrase within its sumptuous surface; simple statements such as ‘Believe’, ‘Beyond’, or ‘Paint’ become esoteric starting points for the physical negotiation of painting.

Adapting text as the subject for her paintings, Frankfort distils both the poetic and formal qualities of the written word. Repeatedly scrawled, painted over, scribbled out, and intensified, each slogan becomes abstracted as a series of intersecting lines, curves and angles, their meanings amplified and distorted through the gesture and surface quality of their manifestation.

Simultaneously brutal and ethereal, Frankfort’s canvases draw from the lineage of Howard Hodgkin and Morris Louis in their intensity of colour, impassioned brushstrokes, and linear compositions. The sophistication of Frankfort’s process belies the imperative of her sentiments. The urgency of her aesthetic is contrasted with time consuming processes of sanded surfaces, premeditated spill patterns, and calculated layers of matte and high-gloss finish. Through this considered arbitration, Frankfort frames her text with the complexity of psychological depth, creating a palimpsest of memory and emotive association.

Dana Frankfort


Oil on canvas panel

145 x 244 cm
Dana Frankfort
Beyond Beyond


Oil on canvas panel

115 x 214 cm
Dana Frankfort


Oil on canvas on panel

152.4 x 152.4 cm
Dana Frankfort


Oil on panel

121.9 x 121.9 cm

Dana Frankfort's Biography

Dana Frankfort
Born in 1971, in Houston, Texas
Lives and works in New York


Dana Frankfort: Pictures, Inman Gallery, Houston, TX

Sorry We're Closed, Brussels, Belgium
Greener Pastures Contemporary Art, Toronto, Canada
Aurobora Press, San Francisco

Word, Inman Gallery, Houston, TX
DF, Bellwether, New York, NY

Believer, Kantor/Feuer Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

What's So Funny, Brooklyn Fireproof, Brooklyn, NY


Shifting the Gaze: Painting and Feminism, The Jewish Museum, New York

Abstract America 2: New Paintings from the US, Saatchi Collection, London

Funny Not Funny, Bellwether, New York, NY, Curated by João Ribas and
Becky Smith
Untitled (On Paper), Moti Hasson Gallery, New York, NY
a new high in getting low II, John Connelly Presents, New York, NY
Communication Breakdown, Edlin Gallery, New York/ Galerie Impaire, Paris, FR
Learning by Doing: 25 Years of the Core Program (Part II), Museum of Fine Arts,
Houston, TX
Special Opening, Sorry We’re Closed, Brussels

A New High in Getting Low, curated by John Connelly, Artnews Projects, Berlin
What F Word?, curated by Carol Cole Levin, Cynthia Broan Gallery, New York,
Loneliness and Melancholy, Hans Weiss Newspace Gallery, Manchester
Community College, Manchester, CT
Abstract America, The Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Late Liberties, curated by Augusto Arbizo, John Connelly Presents, New York
Joe Bradley, Ann Craven, Dana Frankfort, & Keith Mayerson, Zach Feuer (LFL)
Gallery, New York , NY
In Defense of Ardor, Curated by João Ribas & Becky Smith, Bellwether,
New York, NY
Warhol and…, Kantor/Feuer Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Scarecrow, Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY
History Lesson: Part III, Gavin Brown Enterprises-Passerby, New York, NY
The Jaundiced Eye, Scope NY, New York, NY
Something and Nothing, Exhibition Dynasty, Gallery MC, New York, NY
Open Network: Brooklyn, Ampersand Inernational, San Francisco, CA

Suggestion, Belief, Emptiness, Jessica Murray Projects, New York, NY
All In the Family, Texas Gallery, Houston, TX
Glimpse, Mixed Greens, New York, NY
Conversational Lag, Volume Gallery, New York, NY

August, Brooklyn Fireproof, Brooklyn, NY
Grotto II, Jessica Murray Projects, Brooklyn, NY

The Light Show, Clock Tower, Brooklyn, NY

New Painting, Nancy Littlejohn Fine Art, Houston, TX
New Work, Rudolph Poissant Gallery, Houston, TX

Red Hot: Painting, Arlington Museum of Art, Fort Worth, TX
Core Fellows, MFA Exhibition, Glassell School Gallery, Houston, TX