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Dale Frank is one of Australia's foremost contemporary painters. His work was recently included in The 2010 Biennale of Sydney The Beauty of Distance, Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age, curated by David Elliott. Highlights of his career include inclusion in Contemporary Australia: Optimism at the Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art (2008) and the 8th Biennale of Sydney, curated by Rene Block (1990). For more than thirty years Dale Frank has experimented with materials. For the last decade, varnish has monopolized his attention. The maturity of this obsession is now palpable. It is evident in the delicate marbling, the broad bands of sweeping colour, the mounds of hardened varnish, and, perhaps most importantly, in the ease of transition between such forms. We can sense the history, the questions, the struggles and the arguments. The continual exchange of energy and the oscillation between artistic control and submission to substance.