Frank Wimberley: Collage
NEW YORK, NEW YORK, February 22, 2021—Berry Campbell Gallery is pleased to announce a survey exhibition of collage works by Queens based, African American artist, Frank Wimberley (b. 1926). Since the 1960s, Wimberley has been known for creating dynamic, multi-layered, abstract paintings described in 2001 by New York Times art critic, Grace Glueck, as “. . . good to behold: beautifully brushed and infused with a light that magnifies their intensity. . ..” This special exhibition will feature both paintings with collage elements as well as traditional collage works on paper and will highlight some of Frank Wimberley’s most important collages to date, including several examples going back to the early 1970s.
Collage has been an important element in Wimberley’s paintings and works on paper since his early years. Wimberley grew up watching his mother create ceramics, inspiring him to add dimension to his two-dimensional work. Underpainting, thick texture, drawing, untraditional materials, and collage have been a through line of his work for over six decades. Coming out of the tradition of Abstract Expressionism, Wimberley adheres to a pure form of abstraction inspired by his neighbors on the Eastern End of Long Island who also worked in collage like Charlotte Park, Lee Krasner, and Conrad Marca-Relli. Collage artist Romare Bearden was a friend and noted inspiration to Wimberley. Wimberley showed at Bearden’s Cinque Gallery from 1982-1998, having a solo exhibition in 1994.
- Elisabeth McKee