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Francine Tint

Born in: 1943

United States

Francine Tint is an American abstract expressionist painter. Her work composed of several superimposed layers are colorful, pictorial and evocative of the physical reality of her processes. She lives and works in new York. Tint studied painting at the Pratt Institute in New York, at the Brooklyn Museum College and at the School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture of New York, in Manhattan. Besides her formal education, she was part of the Max's Kansas City scene, where she developed professional relationships with artists such as Forrest "Frosty", Myers, Brice Marden and the critic Clement Greenberg.

Tint paints in his big and bright studio in New York. The size of his paintings varies greatly, from gigantic mural canvases to smaller more intimate pieces. Her smaller paintings usually contain impastos that have an almost sculptural presence.

To create her paintings, Tint uses a variety of techniques, including pouring, gestural brush strokes and intuitive drawings.The physical reality is an important element in her process. She interacts with the materials and the surfaces thanks to her use of fluid, intuitive movements where she moves her complete body. The canvases of some of her monumental pieces cover entire walls and sometimes even several walls, which allows her to interact with the giantic surfaces in a way that resembles a dance. The combination of techniques that Tint uses give birth to surfaces covered with several layers which mix discrete color fields with lyrical lines and textured surfaces.

Tint gets inspired by ideas and artists related with movements such as lyrical abstraction, color field painting, optical art and abstract expressionism. Among the artist that influence her work, she sites artist in color fields Helen Frankenthaler, abstract painter and professor Hans Hofmann, Spanish abstract painter Antoni Tapies, American painter and engraver Jules Olitski and Japanese painter Larry Poons.

Eminent American art writer and educator Piri Halasz wrote in "The Observer" about a collection of new paintings by Tint during an exhibition at the Walter Wickiser Gallery in New York in 2015 : " The veteran of the world of art keeps on pushing the limits of the milieu, with exciting results. In one way or another, his pieces convey an impression of action- more action, moreover, than some of the paintings of the first abstract expressionists officially recognized as "action painting" artists.

Tint has exhibited a lot. Her pieces have been exposed in more than 30 solo exhibitions as well as in several group exhibitions in the United States, Portugal and Madrid. Her work has been featured in different media, including in ARTnews, New York Times, Art Critical and New York Observer, and her work in her studio was the subject of a short documentary by Duochrome Films. Tint's paintings are part of numerous private and institutional collections, including the Clement Greenberg collection at the Museum of Art of Portland and at the Krannert Museum in Chicago, as well as of corporate collections for Pepsi Co. and Mount Sinai Hospital.
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