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Frank Hunter

Frank Hunter

Tampa, FL

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Frank L. Hunter
Bad Boy of the Art World....
At the age of eight or nine in my grandparents home in Sardinia Ohio I was drawing all the Norfolk and Western locomotives and copying cartoons from the Saturday Evening Post. I won a watercolor first prize ribbon at the age of twelve. I always heard he is going to be an artist from the relatives. That said, my parents bought me a trumpet when I was in the fifth grade and art work was never in my mind until I graduated from Portsmouth High School. I had developed a pretty good lip on the trumpet and decided I wanted to pursue music. The only art I did in high school was to become the school newspaper cartoonist on the school newspaper. I took no courses in art and gave it no thought.
When I discovered that there was no way I could find enough money to enroll in the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, I checked into the world of commercial art. You know. Draw Me the mail order school in Minneapolis, the Famous Artist School run by Norman Rockwell, et al.... I did not even have enough money to attend college, much less these mail order schools. So I worked a year at a local shoe factory and the following year enrolled at the Ohio State University College of Fine Arts. (They did not offer a commercial art course). While there I found it to be boring studying art appreciation and doing three dimensional things out of clay though I did enjoy life drawing.
Unhappy with the curriculum at Ohio State University, I found an apprentice job at a thirty five man art studio. While there I saw what I called the art I wanted. It was called illustration. The studio hired only the best artists I had seen and they worked with telling a story for the purpose of selling products. At last I was among artists that emphasized realistic drawing above shapes. I did realize that my time at Ohio State was not wasted as they covered anatomy drawing very well. My direction and thoughts about art was determined at that point in time.
The term art or artist was just too broad for me. Seems that every one could call themselves an artist of some form or another and it was considered a great hobby for some. Throwing paint at a canvas may be called art by the unenlightened translated by me into foolish people. I still feel that way very much today so I have always disassociated myself from those people. I am an illustrator using my talents to tell a story.
All my paintings tell stories of my life, my family, my friends, my loves, my sarcasm, my desires, my travels, my aviation, my hobbies, my music... et al. I am a product of the forties and fifties and see the world much differently than todays society.
I have been fortunate to travel to so many of the worlds museums, thus I cannot be accused of judging that which I have not seen. I call the masters illustrators.
So, what you see on this site is my "arto-biography". Every brush stroke defining a point in my life. I am happy to say that any purchase, prints or original, I will be happy to give the story behind the work. Eclectic. Versatile. I can work in any style...any medium. After fifty years in the advertising art business, I retired in 2007 and commenced to assemble past works and illustrate my life. I can work to order.

 

Coffee Growing at Jayuya Puerto Rico by Frank Hunter

 

Nassau Conch Seller by Frank Hunter

 

Caribe Playa Beach Resort Patillas Puerto Rico by Frank Hunter

 

La Casa Grande Mountain Retreat Utuado Puerto Rico by Frank Hunter

 

The Old Portsmouth High School 1955 by Frank Hunter

 

Booshka by Frank Hunter

 

Escape From The Pound by Frank Hunter

 

Hopalong Cassady Birthday 2013 by Frank Hunter

 

A Tale Of Two Stadiums by Frank L Hunter

 

Portsmouth Spartans vs Greenbay Packers 1930 NFL by Frank Hunter

 

Three Media Three Houses by Frank Hunter

 

Amber at the Pyramid of the Sun Mexico City by Frank Hunter

 

The Taxco Plaza Taxco Mexico by Frank Hunter

 

The Cyclone Store 1948 by Frank Hunter

 

Fruit in Space by Frank Hunter

 

Amber Stromboli Flamboyan by Frank Hunter

 

Lake Hope Triptych by Frank Hunter

 

Bright Angel Point at the Grand Canyon by Frank Hunter

 

Fira, Santorini Grecian Restaurant by Frank Hunter

 

Flowers From The Sky by Frank Hunter

 

1954 PHS student newspaper cartoons by Frank Hunter

 

Dream Home by Frank Hunter

 

Flying From a Strange Place by Frank Hunter

 

Flying Through The Flora by Frank Hunter

 

Buying Snacks at The Ticket Office by Frank Hunter

 

Smoke Smoke Smoke That Cigarette by Frank Hunter

 

Tower We Have a Problem by Frank Hunter

 

Woman With Basket On Head by Frank Hunter

 

Candy Jar by Frank Hunter

 

Strange Fruit by Frank Hunter

 

La Historia Del Bottella by Frank Hunter

 

Curves, Curves, Curves by Frank Hunter

 

Grapes by Frank Hunter

 

Bananas by Frank Hunter

 

Pineapple, Lemon and Orange by Frank Hunter

 

Three Oranges by Frank Hunter

 

Here's An Idea by Frank Hunter

 

Glass of Wine by Frank Hunter

 

Gambrinus Beer Bottle by Frank Hunter

 

beer glass by Frank Hunter

 

Old Pepsi Bottle by Frank Hunter

 

Convair 990 Over The Lake by Frank Hunter

 

Coleen Horton Bridal by Frank Hunter

 

Penny Coriell bridal by Frank Hunter

 

Patty Oxley bridal by Frank Hunter

 

Dr. Francis Dillon by Frank Hunter

 

Chillicothe Street Portsmouth Ohio by Frank Hunter

 

Sisters by Frank Hunter