In a few short months, Dale Frank - Australia’s foremost contemporary and conceptual artist - Will hold his 40th exhibition at Sydney’s exclusive Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery. Over five decades, Dale has wrought a celebrated and notorious career: his biomorphic abstracts, rock-chic installations and signature use of wildly-pigmented varnish have seen his unique opus described as “majestic and strange”. A highly successful and prolific abstract artist, Dale’ work has been widely collected all over the world and through this intimate we learn what it means and takes to be a professional artist at the top of the game. The stakes are high, the art world is fickle and Dale spends as lavishly as he creates.
Dale’s paintings fund his other projects: His ever evolving rural estate where he lives among the largest private Natural History collection in Australia and the fifty hectare exotic arid zone Botanical Garden he is creating. Roslyn Oxley is Dale’s long-time collaborator and through her we learn about the cut-throat business of the art world.
Throughout the trials and tribulations of preparing for an exhibition, Dale’s inner demons battle and he is in chronic and debilitating pain, but his capacity for hard work bulldozes through and ultimately we have an inspirational story of a young boy from the back-blocks who dreamt up a big life and went out and made it happen.
Dale is very high functioning neuro-diverse, he is a workaholic and a socially phobic hermit. The last thing in the world Dale wants to do is go to Sydney but when the story culminates in the opening night of the art exhibition, Dale must attend and face the dreaded public to sell his wares.
For over 40 years Dale has successfully pursued his life’s work and dreams with talent, ambition and dogged determination. Now, due to illness, Dale’s working life is coming to an end and his legacy is at hand. . Will Dale’s 40th exhibition of paintings at Roslyn Oxley’s gallery be his last?