A Visionary Touch

Author: C. L. Harmon
Date Published: August 22, 2017

 

He is not a large man in stature but put a paint­brush in his hand and he becomes larg­er than life. Frank Loren­zo of Pawhus­ka is the first to say that he prefers to paint out­side the lines. Even as a young man with crayons, he real­ized that he inter­pret­ed life dif­fer­ent­ly than those around him. It’s what his fam­i­ly called a “vision­ary touch”. His fam­i­ly real­ized his unique take on his sur­round­ings and encour­aged him to col­or his world as a young artist at the age of ten.

FINDING INSPIRATION

Spend­ing a great deal of time at his grand­par­ents’ farm while grow­ing up, he found that though his sur­round­ings were his sub­ject mat­ter, they were not his only inspi­ra­tion; much of that, he explained, came from inside him. See­ing things as they were and draw­ing them was not the vision he saw from his inter­nal eye, see­ing them as a col­lec­tion of items need­ing to be placed in a man­ner which gave them new mean­ing was the vision. As with any vision­ary, see­ing the world dif­fer­ent­ly than oth­ers opens up a new course of thought. Although Loren­zo did not quite under­stand this as a child, he did feel that what he expressed through his art was some­how dif­fer­ent. It was the incor­po­ra­tion of those images sur­round­ing him into a work of art that set him apart. “I feel it. I sense it. I use col­ors to cre­ate that feel­ing,” is how Loren­zo describes where his ideas come from. The art is not a sin­gle idea but a col­lab­o­ra­tion of feel­ings that mate­ri­al­ize into a sin­gle work of art.

A STROKE OF GENIUS

I try to cre­ate an ele­ment that peo­ple can respond to.” Paint­ing for him is like a liq­uid puz­zle with each stroke of the brush lay­ing a new piece, thus con­nect­ing them into a com­plete image. Painters want peo­ple to con­nect to the feel­ing of what they are paint­ing, he explained. Light became an impor­tant ele­ment and he always works to con­nect to the ele­ments of life and bring that light to those who expe­ri­ence his works of art. He has an innate sense of see­ing what is beyond the sur­face of an object.

I like col­or and the light. The light is the beyond ele­ment. It is the essence of giv­ing life to an object or thing,” Loren­zo said As an art teacher he would ask his stu­dents to cre­ate by explor­ing beyond what they could see. His con­cept is using the light and allow­ing his art to grow out of the light. Loren­zo was a teacher at a high school and col­lege for ten years. As a high school teacher, in 1975, he was select­ed as one the Most Out­stand­ing Edu­ca­tors of Amer­i­ca.

MOLDING A VISION

. In addi­tion to paint­ing the world around him, he also has a back­ground in clas­si­cal pot­tery even once mak­ing a com­plete table set dur­ing col­lege. As with his paint­ing, he uses the same phi­los­o­phy of not let­ting the clay become the art but using col­ors through a tech­nique he cre­at­ed to allow the art to grow out of the clay. He is a skilled, wheel thrown, clas­si­cal pot­ter, he also attend­ed San Fran­cis­co State Uni­ver­si­ty to work on a Mas­ters of Art in ceram­ics, with a con­cen­tra­tion in Raku. (A low fir­ing process inspired by the tra­di­tion­al Japan­ese.) “I believe the lev­el of com­mit­ment cre­ates the lev­el of suc­cess,” Loren­zo explained.  In 1984, he was select­ed to exhib­it four paint­ings in the Salon des Nation juried show in Paris, France. The paint­ing “Fury” won an inter­na­tion­al award.  The paint­ing was made into a litho Lim­it­ed Edi­tion Print.

 

BURIED TREASURE

This Okla­homa artist uses nature as sym­bols for defin­ing the con­cepts in his art. Birds seem to be a strong pres­ence for human­i­ty and they are calm­ing, he said. “My job as a cre­ator is to bury a trea­sure that oth­ers can seek out in the art and hope­ful­ly dis­cov­er what I buried.”

Loren­zo is a recip­i­ent of many awards in paint­ing and pot­tery.  Over his pro­duc­tive years in cre­at­ing works of art, he has exhib­it­ed in gal­leries and some muse­ums and is rec­og­nized nation­al­ly and inter­na­tion­al­ly. He is con­sid­ered a cre­ative Renais­sance per­son, com­bin­ing fan­ta­sy, real­i­ty, emo­tion and dynam­ic col­or in jux­ta­po­si­tion between what is real and not real.  His biog­ra­phy reflects an ear­ly inter­est in cre­at­ing art and the chal­lenge evolv­ing through archi­tec­ture and back into the paint­ing and pot­tery world. The skill, tal­ent, and com­mit­ment are the response to his cre­ations.

In addi­tion to his artis­tic abil­i­ties, Loren­zo has also used his tal­ents to cross bar­ri­ers that lead into areas of the world that are most­ly acquaint­ed with the math and sci­ence of life. Due to diver­gent of cre­ative inter­est that occurred from 1985 to 2015, Frank moved into the area of real estate devel­op­ment and lat­er into becom­ing an Asso­ciate mem­ber of the Amer­i­can Insti­tute of Archi­tects.  He estab­lished an archi­tec­tur­al design busi­ness, restored and cer­ti­fied a build­ing that became a reg­is­tered his­tor­i­cal land­mark, and was an Asso­ciate Direc­tor of his local Chap­ter of the AIA.  He also pub­lished a Home­own­ers Portable Con­struc­tion Hand­book.

 

To view Lorenzo’s work or inquire as to pur­chas­ing his pieces, vis­it artistfranklorenzopainterpotter.wordpress.com

 

 

C.L. Harmon is a journalist and author of "In The Midst Of Reality". He has worked for several newspapers as a reporter and was the managing editor for a daily before publishing his own paper, The Mannford Reporter in Mannford, OKlahoma. In addition, he has worked as a freelance writer for various magazines writing feature stories on people and events.

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