here for a gallery of Kim Frohsin's work.]
Kim Frohsin is one of California’s most interesting artists of the
figure, a comparatively neglected area of contemporary art and decidedly
outside the international mainstream of conceptualism, postmodernism,
minimalism, and similar approaches.
The critical and, to a large extent, creative mainstream of contemporary
art has shown little interest in the figure (except as a source of
caricature and irony) and in such time-honored virtues as skillful
draftsmanship and the pleasures of representation, as well as a suspicion
of the frank emotionalism associated with the expressionist arm of
modernist aesthetics, outside the occasional nod to a Francis Bacon,
a Chuck Close, or a Lucien Freud.
to our benefit, these interests and impulses lie at the heart of Kim
Frohsin was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and in 1985 entered the Academy
of Art College in San Francisco. Her first school major was in illustration,
but, on the encouragement of the late Barbara Bradley, a highly recognized
illustrator and instructor and the department's chair, Kim shifted
her focus and entered the fine arts department in 1986, graduating
the following year with a BFA.