Frank Close began working with glass in Berkeley California in the early 70’s where he studied under Casey Lewis, Peter Mollica and the influential German artist Ludwig Schaffrath. Close opened his first studio in 1976 in Keene Kentucky, later relocating to nearby Lexington. In 1987 Frank Close moved to New York, opening a studio in Greenwich Village on West 12th Street. In 1993 he formed a partnership with glass artist Patricia Patenaude. Patenaude / Close was located at 115 Grand Street in SoHo. In 2000 he opened a studio on West 39th Street. In 2005 Close returned to Lexington Kentucky where he currently lives and works.
Glass has an extraordinary range to transform light and atmosphere. Glass will reveal the breath of light, ever changing throughout the days and seasons. With subtlety or prominence, stained glass contributes to architecture by enhancing the presence of light, providing decorative detail, standing as a work of art, obscuring a view, reflecting the pulse of a public space or creating a minimal, meditative environment. The architectural stained glass of Frank Close has served these goals in a wide range of commissions for public buildings, corporate offices, commercial spaces, residential architecture, churches and synagogues.
Artist's Statement “In collaboration with the architect, designer and client, my goal is to create unique work that responds to the quality of light, the architectural style and the nature of the space. Using line as an integral element of design and using the refractive qualities of blown glass I craft a theater of light that is specific to its site.”