Recent Works


You are not quite in control of nature; you are part of nature. It doesn't mean that you are helpless, either. It means that the whole question in art is to be wide awake, to be as attentive as possible, for the artist and for the person who looks at it or listens to it. - Fairfield Porter

Franklin Einspruch: Arboretum Fall

Arboretum Fall, 2010, oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches

First, my art celebrates the ordinary. I take it on faith that everything merits attention, and if I'm paying attention in the right way, the profound will spring up out of normal, everyday living. The sound of splashing water provided enough material for Basho or Thoreau to work with. Likewise some dusty bottles for Morandi. I subscribe to this tradition, if one could call it that. When I paint in oil, I paint portraits or scenes around my neighborhood. For watercolors, I prefer still lifes and figure studies. My comics depict people attending to the circumstances of their lives; the drama, even the narrator, often remain implied rather than explicit.

Franklin Einspruch: Metropolitan Fall

Metropolitan Fall, 2010, oil on canvas, 18 x 24 inches

Second, it celebrates brevity. Economy of execution invites the "mental collaboration of the audience," as one writer puts it. To my eye, doing much with little represents the height of artistic achievement. I practice accordingly.

Franklin Einspruch: Slow Maynard

Slow Maynard, 2010, oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches

Third, it celebrates materials. I paint in oils with a wide palette knife and a loaded brush. My watercolors preserve the effects of water on the medium. When working with the Web, where I present most of my comics, I edit the code for expressive purposes and manipulate images using programs I've written. I trained as a modernist, and very much believe in the successful operation of materials as an end in itself, even while working figuratively, narratively, or digitally. The thrilling fact that materials and arrangements thereof can convey feeling is the primary reason I make art.