Tamar Frank

photo by Arthur Martin

I work with light, space and the process of visual perception. Here I respond to existing spaces and environments looking at elements that are specific to the location. With minimal changes I relay focus and concentration redefining and analyzing the visual world. I try to capture a source that creates a heightened sense on how we see and how this affects us. The spectator plays an active role in discovering the work as it reveals itself. Sensing the space and how light influences our orientation is part of the process that brings the viewer to a new visual awareness.

Born in 1974 in Amsterdam Netherlands Frank graduated in Fine Arts/ Monumental Design in 1997 at the Fine Arts Academy in Maastricht. Using light as a medium already started during her studies and she presented her first light installations at her graduation show. After completing her studies, she established her company: Lightspace.  With focus on public space and light Frank established a name in the light art field in her own country. In 2003 she had her first solo show in Moira Exhibition space Utrecht. In 2006 she won second prize in Targetti Light Art Award.

She continues to do projects and commissions in Belgium, Germany, Denmark, France, and the UK. Her biggest commission to date is for two towers of a residential building West Pender Place in Vancouver which was completed in 2011.  Frank has participated in various light festivals such as Amsterdam Light Festival, Glow Eindhoven, Lyslyd Copenhagen, Lumina Cascais and textile art events such as ‘Lost in Lace’ in the Birmingham Museum and ‘Triennale Internationale des Arts Textiles en Outaouais’ at Axeneo7 in Gatineau. She was a finalist in Darc Awards in London and the Lamp Awards in Barcelona.

In 2019 she released a book ‘Lightspace 20 years Tamar Frank’ A retrospective of all her work from 1997 to 2017. The book was presented in Angle Gallery Amsterdam in March together with a solo exhibition ‘Equinox’ and in Vancouver in April at PortLiving studios. Currently she is working in her studio based in Hilversum, Netherlands.