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The Art of Memphis, 2001-Now

Frank D. Robinson
Sundays best@saint Andrews featuring Petey FrankLin
mixed media on panel, 24x36

Artist Frank D. Robinson

Courtesy of the artist, Frank D. Robinson, Jr.

Frank D. Robinson Jr. is a Memphis native, obtaining his BFA from the University of Memphis before completing his MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He was also active in the noted summer youth-mural program led by George Hunt and Charles Davis locally in the early 1980's, and was later a member of the NIA artist's collective. A prolific painter, he is the artist-in-residence at Caritas Village where he teaches classes.

Robinson describes himself as a 'recyclist', able to turn anything he finds into art. Sunday's best@saint Andrews featuring petey frankLin (2009) demonstrates his mixed media collage method and socially motivated approach to art making. While working at a charter school he would find garbage in the parking lot when he arrived each morning. He decided to make art from what would normally be discarded, teaching the children to transform bad situations into positive experiences by "turning trash into treasure."

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