In search of a global market for late artist

Fiona Frank, pictured with a Lord Provost's Award for her aunt's special contribution to the visual arts
Fiona Frank, pictured with a Lord Provost's Award for her aunt's special contribution to the visual arts
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A LANCASTER woman whose late artist aunt enjoyed a huge resurgence of interest in her work in her nineties, is aiming to take some of her creations to the international art market.

Fiona Frank will take her aunt Hannah Frank’s work to two of the UK’s biggest trade shows: the Harrogate Home and Gift Fair from July 17–20, and the Glasgow Autumn Trade Fair from September 18–19.

Hannah, who died in 2008 aged 100, attended evening classes at the world-famous Glasgow School of Art for many decades.

Her early drawings had a dark, haunting quality, but after her marriage in 1939 they became exuberant, filled with light and using much white space.

Before her aunt’s passing, Fiona spearheaded a five-year tour of her work which culminated in a full Hannah Frank retrospective exhibition at Glasgow University.

It opened on the artist’s 100th birthday, August 23, 2008, and showcased her black and white drawings, and her much-praised sculpture.

Her drawings, and her later sculptures, have been exhibited in the Royal Glasgow Institute, the Royal Academy, and the Royal Scottish Academy.

See the Lancaste Guardian (14-07-11) for full story.