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Louis Fratino

Untitled, 2017

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Lot 6
Ink and colored pencil on paper
12.0 x 9.0 in (30.5 x 22.9 cm)
Signed and dated on verso with artist's sketch


This work ships from the United States.


Composed in cool tones of blue, black, and brown, a lone male figure sits with his back turned away from the audience. Representative of Louis Fratino’s oeuvre, its positioning and elongated limbs convey a sense of vulnerability and tenderness. Strikingly though, this work expresses more melancholy than often seen in Fratino’s drawings, making it distinctive and highly emotive.

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About Louis Fratino

Figurative oil painter Louis Fratino (American, b. 1993) is best known for his tender and emotive portraits of queer male forms. Depicted within shallow spaces, Fratino’s figures take up the majority of his composition, leaving little to no negative space. His quick, confident brushstrokes portray stylized, yet realistic male bodies while his sensual lines convey feelings of intimacy and desire, creating an honest expression of contemporary gay love. His work has been exhibited alongside drawings by Matisse at Cabinet Printemps, and in solo shows at the Jeff Bailey Gallery, Antoine Levi, and Skkema Jenkins & Co.