Liverpool Academy of Arts – Frank Green

frank-green-st-lukes-100Frank Green
22 March – 7 April 2011

This retrospective of Frank Green’s work is a unique chance to see a major selection of his work, many not seen in public before. On display will be over 200 Oils, Watercolours and Drawings spanning Frank’s career.

As a student in the early 1960s, Frank had a sound art school training in Liverpool before obtaining a scholarship allowing him to explore Italy with his paints. It was on his return however that he started creating the works that he is best known for.  Liverpool took its hold and, initially with chalk and later using watercolour and oil, he captured the demolition work that was so much a part of Liverpool in the 60s and 70s.  A subject which occupies Frank to the present day.  Like a war artist Frank painstakingly recorded the destruction of, not so much the ‘great’ buildings in the city centre, but the more modest ones that had found a place in the hearts of those that used them.  In Frank’s paintings you can feel genuine hurt for the demolished streets, derelict sites and lost communities.

Frank has been described as ‘a modern Herdman’ because of his dedication to documenting a city in a state of change.  However Herdman  saw Liverpool experiencing growing pains – Old buildings were being demolished, roads widened, fields built on, and he set out to show the changes and how the new was growing from the old.   Frank Green also sees Liverpool changing, but feels the changes of the last thirty years have tried to divorce the old from the new, to decimate old communities and impose a new order.

Frank Green – Biography

Frank Green was born in the Shropshire village of Chirbury on 28th March 1943.the fifth child of Margaret and Albert Green. His mother had taken her three daughters there from the family home in Walton  after the 1940 May blitz. Frank and his elder brother Peter were born in Chirbury but the family moved back to Saxonia Road, Walton in October 1944. John was born there in 1951 Frank attended Florence Melly Infants and Junior Schools before moving to Evered Avenue Technical/ Commercial School.

After leaving school at sixteen in 1959 Frank whose ambition had been to go to the Art College in Hope Street, had to take job in a shipping office where he worked for a week before becoming a Junior Audit Clerk in a chartered accountants in Rumford Place, which he suffered for a year. In both places he was a fish out of water spending most lunch breaks taking rides on the Mersey ferry. He eventually applied for and was accepted at the Art College.

Frank started on the 12th September 1960.   Here was paradise; drawing all day long and studying great artists and their works. The paintings of Richard Wilson, Harold Gilman, and Walter Sickert made a great impression on him as did the drawings of Ingres and Degas. He also developed a lasting admiration for Alan P.Tankard and WG Herdman  the great Everton Artist without whose work, Frank believes, the city of Liverpool would be so much the poorer.

In 1964 Frank was recommended for a Liverpool Senior City Travelling Scholarship by Charles Burton (head of Fine Art).On this scholarship. Frank travelled to Italy in February 1965 where he stayed for three months painting on the Amalfi Coast.

On leaving college in 1965 Frank went to work as a part-time art teacher in St. Gregory’s Comprehensive school, Kirkby until May1968.

He left in May 1968 to go painting in Italy with the late Richard Wash, a fellow ex-student from the college of art. They travelled to Italy in an old Southport Corporation ambulance.loaned by a college friend. He has spent most of his life since then drawing and painting mainly in Liverpool , but also in Wales ,Italy and other European countries.
In 1969 Frank worked as a bus conductor for Liverpool City Council

1970. On New Years Day Frank started his second stint of painting and drawing in Everton .In recent years Frank has  been concentrating on painting views of the streets around Anfield which are being demolished, and he is as busy as he ever was.

He married his wife Meryl in 1976, and they have three children. As a self-supporting artist, Frank has lived off commissions, his prints, and framing business at the ‘Frank Green Gallery’ at 97 Oakfield, Anfield where he is in partnership with his brother John.

Venue details

Frank Green ‘Breckfield Road North – Robson Street’