Frank W. Wimberley

Title: Abstract Artist
Location: Corona, New York, United States

Frank Wimberley, Abstract Artist, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in producing African-themed abstract art.

Born in 1926, Mr. Wimberley attended Howard University, where he played jazz in addition to his studies and made the acquaintance of jazz greats Miles Davis, Ron Carter, and Wayne Shorter as well as art historian James A. Porter and artists Loïs Mailou Jones and James Lesesne Wells. Since 1969, Mr. Wimberley has enjoyed numerous solo and group gallery and museum exhibitions at Gerald Peters and June Kelly Galleries in New York, at Guild Hall Museum in East Hampton, Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill and The Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington, NY.  Several works by the artist have been sold at auction, including at Swann Auction Galleries and are in private and public collections nationally including the Parrish Art Museum. He currently lives and works in New York City and in Sag Harbor, New York.

Art critic Eric Ernst summarized the distinctiveness of the artist and his work, writing: “Frank Wimberley’s paintings have an excitement and energy that breaks the boundaries of the canvas. His art exudes depth and passion that invigorates the viewer. One cannot help but be drawn into the lushness of the paint and the way that it is masterfully handled by this amazing artist.” 

In 2018, Mr. Wimberley was included in Acts of Art and Rebuttal, an exhibition revisiting the 1971 exhibition Rebuttal to the Whitney Museum Exhibition: Black Artists in Rebuttal at the Hunter College Art Galleries., More recently, Christine O’Malley included Mr. Wimberley in Prime Time, a group exhibition at the Islip Museum through June 2019.  Additionally, the Saint Louis Museum recently received a large donation of African-American art through the generosity of Ronald and Monique Ollie, including several works by Mr. Wimberley.

Mr. Wimberley is included in the following museum and corporate collections: Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois; Brooklyn Union Gas Company, New York; Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, New York; Coca Cola Bottling Company, Philadelphia; David C. Driskell Art Center, University of Maryland, College Park; the Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia, Athens; Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, New York; John and Vivian Hewitt Collection, Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts and Culture, Charlotte, North Carolina; James T. Lewis Gallery Morgan State, Baltimore Maryland; and many more.

Mr. Wimberley attributes his success to his willingness to do abstract art as a self-taught African-American artist. He considers his career highlight to be his appearance in the Spanierman Modern gallery in New York. Mr. Wimberley is hoping for the continued success of his work for years to come. 

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