Frank Dolphin ARCA


As a graduate in fine art from the Royal College of Art in 1966, I was taught by William Bowyer RA, Donald Hamilton-Fraser RA, Peter Blake RA and have had a career spanning over forty years. Initially I worked in London before moving to the States where I became the Distinguished Andrew Mellon Professor of Painting at Carnegie Mellon University, USA taking over from Elaine De Kooning. Whilst there, I published a lithograph with Robert Motherwell’s printer from Tanglewood Press, David Humholtz. I taught in several American universities and produced an edition at Ohio University with Tamarin printer Don Roberts. I was the Director of the Emma Lake Summer school programme at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. Before returning to the UK I lived and worked as a professional artist in New York City. I now live in Kent and make prints in Brighton at Volcanic Editions studio.

Mark making and gesture are an integral part of the creative process in my print making. My work starts with a figurative image or motif which is used as a vehicle for the manipulation and development of marks emphasising their inherent characteristics. Observational drawing serves only as a support for the mark making and gestural qualities that underpin my work. I have an interest in Japanese art which has loosely influenced my work.

Major exhibitions and Collections

  • Royal College of Art
  • BBC Collection
  • Grabowski Gallery, London
  • Museum of Modern Art, Paris
  • British Jurist Print Biennale, Paris
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, London
  • Greensburgh Museum, PA, USA
  • Lesley Rankow Gallery, New York City, USA
  • Arts Council of Great Britain
  • Museum Sztuki, Lodz, Poland
  • Museum, Chelm, Poland

Activity and acheivements

  • The Distinguished Andrew Mellon Professor, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Lithograph edition printed at Carnegie Mellon print studios by Tanglewood press printer, David Umholtz
  • Visiting artist Ohio University
  • Lithograph edition printed at Ohio University printed by Tamarind printer, Don Roberts
  • Director of Emma Lake Summer School, Saskatchewan, Canada
  • Professional artist in Manhattan, New York, USA
  • Bite 2011, Mall galleries, London
  • Loop 2011, Redchurch Street, London
  • Pushing Print 2012, Margate Pie Factory
  • Loop 2012, Bankside, London
  • Loop 2013, Redchurch Street, London
  • Loop 2014, Bankside, London
  • Royal Academy Summer Show 2015
  • The Original Print Show curated by Norman Ackroyd RA, Zillah Bell Gallery, Thirsk 2015
  • Loop 2015, Bankside, London
  • Awagami Japanese exhibition 2015
  • The Masters 2016, Bankside, London
  • Loop 2016- Bankside, London
  • Loop 2017- Bankside, London
  • Chelsea Arts Club summer show 2018
  • Loop 2018- Bankside, London
  • Loop 2019- Cheltenham
  • June 2019- Frank Dolphin original prints one person show Sotherans, Piccadilly London
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