Excerpted from Art Journey America: Landscapes.
Born in 1947 in Germany, Guido Frick spends half of the year painting in Europe and the other half painting in the United States. He received his art education as a student of Czechoslovakian impressionist Karel Hodr, but he considers the influence of Russian-born painter and instructor Sergei Bongart as the most important.
What inspired this painting?
For days it was raining like crazy and never seemed to stop. I had had all my painting equipment shipped over to my place in the Hawaiian Islands, and there I was, sitting on the porch, staring into the rain, not able to do a single brushstroke. After days of this, suddenly a bright sun broke through the clouds. The breeze blew the clouds, and my frustration, away and it looked like a color explosion. I felt a color explosion within myself and tried to put that on the canvas in this painting, titled Harmonies of Hawaii.
How would you describe your painting style?
I always have a problem labeling my “style” because it is not abstract—it is realistic, but in a loose, non-photorealistic way. I paint loose, sloppy, careless, generous—but controlled loose, sloppy, careless and generous.
Featured in January 2012.