Chawky Frenn

Written by
New American Paintings
Published on
January 1, 1993

Chawky Frenn is a young Lebanese artist who lives and works in Boston, MA. He received his BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston and his MFA from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University Philadelphia; he spent the second year of graduate studies at Temple Abroad in Rome. Frenn currently devotes his time to painting and teaching.

Frenn executes his oil on canvas paintings, with virtuoso technique. It was during his stay in Rome that he found the subject matter that has engaged him since: old, broken dolls' heads heaped in a storefront. These dolls became metaphors for helpless children, the weak, the poor and the manipulated. Frenn's work is an active meditation on man's struggles with good and evil, mortality and eternity, illusion and truth, spirit and flesh ...

Frenn's work has been exhibited nationally, and has received positive critical attention, including reviews in The Boston Globe and Art New England. His work is included in the collection of Mr. Luis A. Ferre, founder of the Museo de Arte de Ponce, PR.