Big Dipper (not at Art Chicago) But From Frederick's Website
I am often entranced by a certain style of night scape painting. I am glad I didn’t take photos here as there is just no way those would even sort of work. These are realistic paintings of the evening. But, for lack of a better way of putting it, so many night scapes seem just an excuse to slop some black paint on a canvas with a beam of light aimed at a guy in a fedora smoking a cigarette. There is often an obviousness and self-conscious love of blackness in such paintings (to my dubious eyes in any case).
Frederick’s paintings are nuanced and have depth. They are of the night but they are not really dark because of that alone. I am starting to sound like an art critic…brrrr.
See his paintings. Not ALL of them are of the night.