Sandy's early education in art came from an unusual source – film noir and silent films."Painting stills from silent films gave me much of my education in art." Interpreting those dramatic photographs, rich with the shadows and lighting that depicted early Americana, she quickly became a value painter, and began creating impressionistic watercolours. Sandy Frazier is a New York-based multimedia Expressionist who creates art with qualities of prophetic mysticism. "I found in the great mystic artists a treasure trove of inspiration, which fuels my art as well as my music," she refers to the subject of her book, The Mystic Artist. "I sometimes feel as though I am 'painting music'" – a theme that is universal throughout Sandy's art and music.
…until one day around 1994 when she happened to see The Mystery of Picasso, a '50s documentary. It was just the inspiration Sandy needed to liberate herself in order to be the artist she’d always wanted to be. The documentary was almost literally a day in the life of the man – the camera watching him paint, draw and create through a transparent screen that makes the viewer feel as if he or she is participating in the actual creation of his works.
"Suddenly, I felt as though I'd been liberated artistically. No more would I have to be just a copyist or a value painter. I could be the colourist I'd always wanted to be and free to express that which my soul contained. Picasso’s given me a new lease on life."
Sandy believes anyone can be an artist in this way.
"Picasso taught me that if you have the courage to start with that one line, no matter how crooked it may be, you have the strength to follow through and finish your masterpiece."
And many of her paintings are prophetic, containing symbolic messages, as though they were created subliminally – while connecting to a higher source.
In the late '90s, she had her first Manhattan opening at Robert's Restaurant, a trendy jazz club in the Broadway district (Hell's Kitchen), where she was very successful selling many of her works to the theatre and performance community. Sandy’s many paintings and drawings include her Silent Stills and Surrealistic Spirit series. She has exhibited in Chicago, IL; Charleston, SC; New York; and Long Island. She was featured in Charleston's largest gallery, as well as several places on Charleston's main street.
Represented by Agora Gallery in New York City, she opened with her first Soho show in March 1998, at 560 Broadway, where she was proud and honored to have been selected to feature a painting (Sandy's original oil painting – I Intended to Play) to be featured in NY arts magazine (March '98), [New York's guide for Exhibits, Reviews, Maps, Openings, which goes to all the galleries in New York City]; and Sandy was listed in New York's famous Gallery Guide. She was also featured in ARTSPEAK Magazine (March/April, 1998). Her painting, Vincent's Music, was chosen to represent Agora Gallery's new talents.
A published author, Sandy writes on art and has had articles and excerpts from her books published.
She has also published and displayed over 200 original works of art at her Web site since 1997 and is a frequent exhibitor at international online shows.
Sandy's still-life acrylic painting, 2 Green Pears was chosen to grace the cover of grade school art textbooks throughout the country (Publisher: Harcourt School Publishers). The book features a 3/4-page detail of the painting on the front and the entire painting reproduced on the back cover. The original print-run was 80,000. Sandy's painting was chosen from hundreds of submissions.
Sandy's series of paintings – Passion World, Papier Colle, and Painting Music – will be available as prints as well as her original photography and digital art. In recent years, she has started a new series of Fauvist neo-expressionist paintings. See her collection of 30 Years Best of the Art of Sandy Frazier.
Sandy’s still-life acrylic painting, 2 Green Pears was chosen to grace the cover of grade school art textbooks throughout the country (Publisher: Harcourt School Publishers). The book features a 3/4-page detail of the painting on the front and the entire painting reproduced on the back cover. Printrun began at 40,000-80,000. Sandy’s painting was chosen from many hundreds of submissions.
Sandy was listed in New York’s famous Gallery Guide. She was also featured in ARTSPEAK Magazine (March/April, 1998). Her painting, Vincent’s Music, was chosen to represent Agora Gallery’s new talents.
Sandy was proud and honored to have been selected to be featured in NY arts magazine’s [New York’s guide for Exhibits, Reviews, Maps, Openings, (March ’98), which is distributed to all the galleries in New York City] and Sandy was listed in New York’s famous Gallery Guide. The piece that was featured in NY arts magazine is Sandy’s original oil painting – I Intended to Play.