This artistic creation is called “FLOUTIN with DISORDER” a series of paintings by Jonathan Nurmi Frank. This website also includes some of his favorite pirate artworks including famous posters and decor of yesteryear.
The first oil on canvas of Jonathan's is in the dimensions of 36 inches wide by 30 inches high. This part of the project was composed in 2009 and completed October of 2015. The composition is my contemporary interpretation of the nautical art genre with a folk twist. The technique is in the traditional Baroque Italian style with the famous Burnt Sienna under-painting. The philosophy behind this style is very simple. The sketch is applied to the canvas by tracing the image on tracing paper with charcoal then making an imprint directly on the canvas. The charcoal outline must be very light so as not to show threw the paint. In next stage the under-painting is produced in the direct painting method. This stage is the foundation of tones that the colored layers will be directly applied to. Once we have a dry under painting we can begin washing layers of thin color over them. An artist uses a mixture of turpentine and Dammar varnish to achieve a variety of illusions. Many different formulas have been implemented over the centuries. To embrace this style one must understand the transparent nature of the mediums and the oil paints. Proper adhesion of the layers can only occur in a dry warm environment.
Floutin with Disorder is a centrist vision of my interpretation of the pirate art of the past.
My father Abraham Frank a native of Southampton Long Island New York inspired me to pursue
artistic projects at all times. I was commercial screen-printer by trade for many years in Bethesda MD.
In the spring of 2008 I did decide to close my shop and pursue my seascape paintings full time. Although printing was my passion it was now time to do something else…..
The print is the result of months of research in photography and advanced printing for fine art.
Two different lenses had to be used to obtain the level of clarity seen in the original Pirate painting.
The reason for this because the camera thinks this is a landscape not a canvas so the focus lengths
are different for the foreground.
In the first scene, we have three sailors one Captain and two officers. The gentleman are flanked by a turbulent sky with a muddy sun-rise. This style of composition was inspired by many nautical images from my many visits to the National Gallery. I did recognize that with the storm comes lots of contrast and color. The men are most certainly moist not soaking wet as that may confuse the viewer. It was my original intention to make a simpler sky only my research lead me to a more animated puzzle style of moving clouds. The foreground and midgrounds are illumined be several sources of light: the horizon, sunrise and lightning. This style of dramatic light was a great challenge and not a choice that many would choose. The next addition to this saga is currently on the drawing board. For the new creation, I’m going with an oil primed canvas instead of the common acrylic style service. Many years ago, I was told by my instructor that oil primed canvases hold paint better and promote a very high level of luminosity unmatched by any. This creation is also a darker scene taking place in the early part of the evening. The new artwork shows a group of crewmen in what looks to
be a partial cemetery. The location is on a bluff and includes many pirates this time I have not
decided how many. The drawings are coming along very well. Once all the issues with the figures
are worked out on paper I can begin to trace them on the canvas. Some folks asked me why do
you not just draw on the canvas direct? The reason for paper is simple: It is much easier to draw
and compose on paper then add a very light impression of the final images on the canvas. I hope
you enjoy my website and videos and please feel free to contact me with any questions.
JONATHAN NURMI FRANK
"They did Profit from Disorder"