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Shawangunks Portfolio, 2013
Ten etchings, with aquatint and dry point, 18 x 14 inches, depicting the Shawangunk Ridge of New Paltz, New York, letterpress colophon with key map, in custom black archival box, edition of 25. $1250





Death Valley Sketchbook, 2012
Amber yellow folder with a single fastener, One etching, 31 pages, 4 in color on 110 lb. paper, 8.5 x 11 inches, two fold out maps, travel journal on exploration of remote sections of Death Valley National Park, edition of 5. $250





Statement

The Shawangunks Portfolio is the climax of several years wandering and sketching along this famous escarpment. New York’s Mohonk region is refuge of wilderness, a Mecca for climbers and visual symphony. My project was to locate unique images reflecting the visual variety of this wonderland of rock and to translate this into a series of etching. I explored cliffs, cracks, towers, climbers, waterfalls and swimming holes. This was collaborative project with master printer Deborah Chaney. My visual investigation involved layers of etched lines, dry point and aquatint in order to create the most powerful emotional experience of being in this special wilderness. The colophon page includes a key map to locate the unique views. The archival box incorporates a carbineer, a piece of rock climbing gear actually used at the cliffs.

Death Valley Field Notes
This is a facsimile copy of my sketchbook carried in Death Valley National Park March 31 to April 16th, 2012. This journey covered some of the most remote locations in the park, including Saratoga Springs, Last Change Mountain and Racetrack Playa. Destinations which required four wheel drive jeep travel, hikes and scrambling in a waterless region. The format is modeled on historic travel journey. Media include pen and ink, watercolor, two rubber stamps including a form to document dates, location and temperatures, two fold out maps. Also included is an etching of a narrows in Mosaic Canyon. My project is both an homage to earlier explorers and an reminder that visual exploration continues to this day.

Biography

Brooklyn-based artist Gregory William Frux finds inspiration in both urban landscapes and wilderness vistas. His cityscapes document and celebrate the life of his city, finding beauty in unexpected places– industrial sites, bridges, vacant lots, the harbor, night scenes and buildings that have seen better days. Mr. Frux studied art at the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Art Students League; he followed this with a B.A. in Architecture at City College. He continued his artistic studies at the National Academy and then completed a Masters of Fine Arts at Brooklyn College. In the years that followed, while employed by the Department of Education as first an architect, then as curator of a collection of over 1400 works of art, he continued painting, honing his skills and deepening his craft. In 2005 he launched his full time artistic career.

Informed and inspired by his mountaineering and back country travel, Mr. Frux’s wilderness landscapes are diverse in location and climate: Northeastern United States’ forests and crags, the Rocky Mountains, California’s Mohave Desert, Alaska, the Yukon, and the Andes of Peru, Bolivia and Patagonia. He has served as artist in residence in four National Parks units– Weir Farm National Historic Site in Wilton, Connecticut, Glacier in Montana, Joshua Tree and three times in Death Valley National Parks. He has created a large and varied body of work exploring Death Valley, exploring remote desert landscapes and inspiring complex studio work.

In 2000, Mr. Frux traveled to Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, where he was one of the first two Americans to show work at the Kyrgyz National Museum of Art. He has worked as an artist aboard ships in Polar Regions north and south—Arctic Norway, in winter, and in Antarctica. His paintings and prints have been exhibited at Lincoln Center, the Cordova Historical Museum, the American Museum of Mountaineering, the Coney Island Museum, the Salmagundi Club, Long Island University, Brooklyn College, the Greenwich Arts Council, the offices of HBO and the United States Embassies in Ethiopia and Madagascar. His work is in the collections of the Library of Congress, the American Alpine Club Library, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, The NYC Board of Education and the National Park Service.

Gregory Frux Website