Frank Lobdell portrait, 2009 - Photo by M. Lee Fatherree.

Frank Lobdell/ Frank Lobdell

United States 1921 - 2013

Abstract Expressionism, Painting

Frank Lobdell
Frank Lobdell
Male
United States
1921
December 26, 2015
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Frank Lobdell, born in 1921 in Kansas City, was an American painter, often associated with the Bay Area Figurative Movement and Bay Area Abstract Expressionism. His artworks are a part of several public collections, e.g. the Achenbach Foundation for the Graphic Arts, San Francisco, CA; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York, NY.

Art by Frank Lobdell

Frank Lobdell - 2.12.00, 2000 - 4.23.90, 1990 - 9.21.89, 1989
Frank Lobdell – 2.12.00, 2000 / 4.23.90, 1990 / 9.21.89, 1989

Frank Lobdell attended St. Paul School of Fine Arts, St. Paul, MN, before studying at California School of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute), and at Académie de la Grande Chaumière, Paris, France in the beginning of the 50’s. He taught at the California School of Fine Arts from 1957 to 1965, and at Stanford University, Stanford, CA for 25 years, from 1966 until 1991. He participated in the World War II, and witnessed the horrors of a conflict. He even wasn’t sure if the art had its place in a world in which such crimes and atrocities can happen.

Art by Frank Lobdell

Frank Lobdell - 4.2.92, 1992 - 4.26.92, 1992
Frank Lobdell – 4.2.92, 1992 / 4.26.92, 1992

Lobdell started as an abstract expressionist in the 40’s, and in the 50’s he started reintroducing the human figure into his pieces. The scale and scope of the figures were expanding, as their humanity was opposing the war in Vietnam in the 60’s and the 70’s. Since the 80’s, his work clearly showed the search for the deeper meaning of life, in both the artist himself and all of the humankind. In a way, Lobdell tried to save the humanity from itself, emphasizing the artistic nature in people rather than that ever-present need for confrontation.

He is represented by Dolby Chadwick Gallery in San Francisco, USA.

Frank Lobdell lived and worked in San Francisco.

All images courtesy of Dolby Chadwick Gallery.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2009Frank Lobdell: Figurative DrawingsCantor Arts Center, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CASolo
2009Frank Lobdell: Figurative DrawingsIowa State University, Ames, IASolo
2009Frank Lobdell: Figurative DrawingsPortland Art Museum, Portland, ORSolo
2009Frank Lobdell: Figurative DrawingsFresno Art Museum, Fresno, CASolo
2009Modern and Contemporary Art at Dartmouth: Highlights from the Hood Museum of ArtHood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NHGroup
2008The Dance Series, 1969-72Hackett-Freedman Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2008Frank Lobdell RetrospectiveMarin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato, CASolo
2008Every Thursday Night: The Drawings of Frank Lobdell, Elmer Bischoff, Richard Diebenkorn and Nathan OliveiraFresno Art Museum, Fresno, CAGroup
2008Suitcase Paintings: Small Scale Work by Abstract ExpressionistsUtah Museum of Fine Art, Salt Lake City, UTGroup
2008Suitcase Paintings: Small Scale Work by Abstract ExpressionistsSidney Mishkin Gallery, Baruch College, New York, NYGroup
2008Suitcase Paintings: Small Scale Work by Abstract ExpressionistsGreenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SCGroup
2008Suitcase Paintings: Small Scale Work by Abstract ExpressionistsLoyola University Museum of Art, Chicago, ILGroup
2007Suitcase Paintings: Small Scale Work by Abstract ExpressionistsGeorgia Museum of Art, Athens, GAGroup
2007Suitcase Paintings: Small Scale Work by Abstract ExpressionistsBall State University Museum of Art, Muncie, INGroup
2005NextNewSan Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CAGroup
2004Frank Lobdell: Recent Work 1990–2004Hackett-Freedman Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2004Picasso to Thiebaud: Modern and Contemporary Art from the Collections of Stanford University Alumni and FriendsCantor Center for Visual Arts, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CAGroup
2004It’s About Time: Celebrating 35 YearsSan Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CAGroup
2003Frank Lobdell: Figure DrawingsHackett-Freedman Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2003The Art of Making and MeaningCalifornia Palace of the Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, CASolo
2003The Art of Making and MeaningPortland Art Museum, Portland, ORSolo
2003The Art of Making and MeaningFresno Art Museum, Fresno, CASolo
2003Frank Lobdell: Etchings & AquatintsB. Sakata Garo Gallery, Sacramento, CASolo
2003Expressive Impressions: Three Decades of American Abstract Prints form the Collection of Charles R. DeanCummer Museum of Art , Jacksonville, FLGroup
2003Expressive Impressions: Three Decades of American Abstract Prints form the Collection of Charles R. DeanInternational Print Center, New York, NYGroup
2002Frank Lobdell: Early WorksCharles Cowles Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2002Three Phases, 1947–2001Hackett-Freedman Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2002Escape from the Vault: The Contemporary Museum’s Collection Breaks OutThe Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HIGroup
2000Frank Lobdell: Recent Paintings and DrawingsCampbell-Thiebaud Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2000Frank Lobdell: A Decade of EtchingsThe Art Exchange, San Francisco, CASolo
2000The Stamp of Impulse: Abstract Expressionist PrintsWorcester Art Museum, Worcester, MAGroup
1998Etchings by Frank LobdellWestern Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MISolo
1998Master Artist VHearst Art Gallery, St. Mary's College of California, Moraga, CASolo
1998Frank LobdellCampbell-Thiebaud Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
1998Frank LobdellShorenstein Building, 425 Market Street, San Francisco, CASolo
1997Frank LobdellEmmie Smock Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
1997International Print ExhibitionPortland Art Museum, Portland, ORGroup
1997The 1997 New Editions FairThe Drawing Center, New York, NYGroup
1996The San Francisco School of Abstract ExpressionismLaguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CAGroup
1996The San Francisco School of Abstract ExpressionismSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CAGroup
1996San Francisco Art Institute: Illustrious History 1871–1996Salander O’Reilly Gallery, New York, NYGroup
1996San Francisco Art Institute: Illustrious History 1871–1996John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
1996San Francisco Art Institute: Illustrious History 1871–1996Montgomery Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
1995Frank LobdellCampbell-Thiebaud Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
1995California AbstractionsJane Voorhees Zimmerli Museum, Rutgers University, NJGroup
1995Fifteen Profiles: Distinguished California ModernistsFresno Art Museum, Fresno, CAGroup
1994Purchase ExhibitionAmerican Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, New York, NYGroup
1993Works, 1947–1992Stanford University Museum of Art, Palo Alto, CASolo
1993Frank Lobdell: Recent Paintings and MonotypesOscarsson-Hood, New York, NYSolo
1993Paper Trails: Abstract Expressionist PrintsArt Museum of Santa Cruz County, Santa Cruz, CAGroup
1992Frank LobdellCampbell-Thiebaud Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
1992Frank LobdellIPA Gallery, Boston, MASolo
1992Viewpoints XVIII: Frank LobdellM. H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, CASolo
1992Recent Acquisitions in ContextM. H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, CASolo
1992Frank Lobdell: New WorkCampbell-Thiebaud Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
1992Directions in Bay Area Printmaking: Three DecadesPalo Alto Cultural Center, Palo Alto, CAGroup
1991Frank LobdellCampbell-Thiebaud Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
1991Frank LobdellSmith Andersen Editions, Palo Alto, CASolo
1990Frank LobdellCampbell-Thiebaud Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
1990Intaglio Printing in the 1980sJane Voorhees Zimmerli Museum, Rutgers University, NJGroup
1989The Abstract Expressionist Years and After: Jack Jefferson, Frank Lobdell, Alvin LightWiegand Gallery, College of Notre Dame, Belmont, CAGroup
1988Frank LobdellCampbell-Thiebaud Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
1988Frank Lobdell: DrawingsCharles Campbell Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
1988Frank Lobdell: Recent Etchings and AquatintsStanford University Museum of Art, Stanford, CASolo
1987Frank LobdellJohn Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
1986Process/PrintsRichmond Art Center, Richmond, CAGroup
1985Frank Lobdell: Paintings and Gouaches, 1958–1972Oscarsson-Hood Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1985Frank LobdellTyler Gallery and Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PASolo
1984Selections from the Rutgers ArchivesThe Grolier Club, New York, NYGroup
1983Frank Lobdell: Paintings and Monotypes, 1955–1981San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CASolo
1982Frank LobdellSmith Andersen Editions, Palo Alto, CASolo
1982Frank LobdellOscarsson-Hood Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1981Summer Mural and Preparatory DrawingsCollege of Notre Dame Art Gallery, Belmont, CASolo
1981Frank LobdellUniversity Art Gallery, Malibu, CASolo
1981Frank LobdellReed College Art Gallery, Portland, ORSolo
1978Frank LobdellSmith Andersen Editions, Palo Alto, CASolo
1977Frank LobdellSmith Andersen Editions, Palo Alto, CASolo
1977MonotypesSmith Anderson Gallery, Palo Alto, CASolo
1977New American MonotypesSmithsonian Institution, Washington, DCGroup
1977Collectors Collecting: American Abstract Art Since 1945San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CAGroup
1976Painting and Sculpture in California: The Modern EraSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CAGroup
1976Painting and Sculpture in California: The Modern EraNational Collection of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DCGroup
1976The Last Time I Saw Ferus, 1957–66Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, CAGroup
1975Frank LobdellMartha Jackson Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1975Selections from the Martha Jackson CollectionWalker Art Center, Minneapolis, MNGroup
1974Frank LobdellMartha Jackson Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1974Contemporary American Painting and SculptureKrannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Champaign, ILGroup
1973A Period of Exploration: San Francisco 1945–50The Oakland Museum, Oakland, CAGroup
1973The Betty and Monte Factor Family CollectionPasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, CAGroup
1973The Private Collection of Martha JacksonUniversity of Maryland Art Gallery, College Park, MDGroup
1973The Private Collection of Martha JacksonAlbright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NYGroup
1973The Private Collection of Martha JacksonFinch College Museum of Art, New York, NYGroup
1972Frank LobdellMartha Jackson Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1972Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American PaintingWhitney Museum of American Art, New York, NYGroup
1972The Michener Collection: American Paintings of the Twentieth CenturyMichener Galleries, University of Texas, Austin, TXGroup
1971Frank Lobdell: Paintings-Drawings St. Mary's College Art Gallery, Moraga, CASolo
1971Frank LobdellCheney Cowles Museum, Eastern Washington University, Spokane, WASolo
197132nd Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary American PaintingCorcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DCGroup
1971UnknownHearst Art Gallery, St. Mary’s College, Moraga, CAGroup
1971The Sixties, from the Michener CollectionUniversity of Texas, Austin, TXGroup
1969Frank Lobdell: Twenty-Seven Lithographs and a Large PaintingSan Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CASolo
1969Kompas 4: West Coast USAVan Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The NetherlandsGroup
1969Artists from Martha Jackston GalleryBolles Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
1969West Coast 1945–69Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, CAGroup
1968Late Fifties at FerusLos Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CAGroup
1968Painting as PaintingArt Museum, University of Texas, Austin, TXGroup
1967Lithographs by Frank LobdellMarylhurst College, Portland, ORSolo
1966Frank Lobdell: Paintings and Graphics from 1948 to 1965Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, CASolo
1966Frank Lobdell: Paintings and Graphics from 1948 to 1965Stanford Art Museum, Palo Alto, CASolo
1966Frank Lobdell: Paintings and Graphics from 1948 to 1965San Jose City College, San Jose, CASolo
1965Frank LobdellFerus Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
1965Frank LobdellGalerie Anderson-Mayer, Paris, FranceSolo
1965FigurationMartha Jackson Gallery, New York, NYGroup
1965The San Francisco CollectorM. H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, CAGroup
1965Non-Objective Paintings from the Michener FoundationEverhart Museum, Scranton, PAGroup
1965American Painting Since 1950Kutztown State College, Kutztown, PAGroup
1964Frank Lobdell: Peintures, Gouaches, DessinsGalerie D. Benador, Geneva, SwitzerlandSolo
1964American DrawingsSolomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NYGroup
1963Frank LobdellFerus Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
1963Frank LobdellInternational Center for Aesthetic Research, Turin, ItalySolo
1963Annual Drawing and Painting ExhibitionSan Francisco Art Association, San Francisco, CAGroup
1963Drawings by Elmer Bischoff, Richard Diebenkorn, and Frank LobdellAchenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CAGroup
1963Morphologie AutreInternational Center of Aesthetic Research, Turin, ItalyGroup
1962Frank LobdellFerus Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
1962The Artist's Environment: West CoastAmon Carter Museum of Western Art, Fort Worth, TXGroup
1962Fifty California ArtistsWhitney Museum of American Art, New York, NYGroup
1962San Francisco 9Houston Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TXGroup
1962Some Points of View–'62Stanford University Museum of Art, Palo Alto, CAGroup
1961Frank LobdellFerus Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
1961Drawings by Richard Diebenkorn and Frank LobdellPasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, CAGroup
1960Frank LobdellFerus Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
1960Frank Lobdell: An Exhibition of PaintingsM. H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, CASolo
196060 American ArtistsWalker Art Center, Minneapolis, MNGroup
1959Frank LobdellFerus Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
1958Frank LobdellMartha Jackson Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1958Frank LobdellFerus Gallery, Los Angeles, CASolo
1958International Art of a New EraOsaka International Festival, Osaka, JapanGroup
1957Annual Drawing and Painting ExhibitionSan Francisco Art Association, San Francisco, CAGroup
1957Painting and Sculpture NowSan Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CAGroup
1957Toward a New LandscapeFerus Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
1956California ArtistsSanta Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CAGroup
1955United States Exhibition, Third Biennial of Sao PaoloSao Paolo, BrazilGroup
1953Six San Francisco PaintersFelix Landau Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
1950Annual Drawing and Painting ExhibitionSan Francisco Art Association, San Francisco, CAGroup
195069th Annual Oil, Tempera, and Sculpture ExhibitionSan Francisco Art Association, San Francisco, CAGroup
1949Two-Person Exhibition with George StillmanLucien Labaudt Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
1948Invitational Group ExhibitionCalifornia Palace of the Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco, CAGroup
1948Twelfth Annual Drawing and Painting ExhibitionSan Francisco Art Association, San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CAGroup
1947Annual ExhibitionSan Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco, CAGroup
1947Invitational Group ExhibitionCalifornia Palace of the Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco, CAGroup