September 2023 – Frank Ordaz
Folsom Arts Association Artist Demonstration
Thursday, September 14, 2023, at 6 p.m.
The Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom
Paintings from his iPad Pro
Join us for Frank Ordaz’s September 14 Artist Demonstration!
Frank Ordaz grew up in Southern California. At 12, Frank studied with portrait artist Theodore N. Lukits. At the Lukits Academy, Frank was introduced to the academic method of painting from plaster casts and life. He was later mentored by landscape painter Sam Hyde Harris, who was noted for his tonal quality of light.
Frank attended the University of Southern California and graduated from the Art Center College of Design in 1980. He began painting for George Lucasʼ Special Effects Company Industrial Light and Magic, where he worked on such Oscar-winning motion pictures as E.T. and Return of the Jedi. In 1986, he was recognized with an Emmy for his matte paintings in the Ewok Movie.
His painting style is heavily influenced by his time working on cinematic movie features. He has continued the tradition of early California Artists in painting in the field and learning firsthand the qualities and mysteries of Light. Frank also has a passion for Art History and the artist’s place in the continued evolution of painting Styles. His paintings celebrate life and the profound influence of light in animating our emotions and responses to our environment. Painting, for Ordaz, has a spiritual and philosophical component. His portrait faces explore the identities of his subjects trying to go beyond the skin surface, and his landscapes are metaphors for the vastness of space that is ever-changing yet captured and bound in a painting.
Frank will work on paintings from his IPAD PRO, demonstrating how he sees light and translating that to the canvas in communicating a story.