Charles Frace (1926-2005)
Charles Frace, an internationally-renowned wildlife artist, died December 16, 2005 after a long illness.
A resident of Nashville since 1974, Charles Frac was born in 1926 in a small town in eastern Pennsylvania. He began drawing at five and taught himself to paint when he was fifteen. His self-instructed talent earned him a scholarship to Philadelphia's Museum School of Art.
In 1955, Frac began a professional career as a freelance illustrator in New York City. Eventually, he became one of the nation's most sought-after illustrators of wildlife. In 1973, with the issue of Frac's first limited edition print, he made the permanent change to fine art. For over three decades, Frac's mastery of design and technique has captivated art collectors, while his flawless precision has intrigued nature experts. Frac and his art have been the subject of two books, and have been featured at over 450 one-man shows throughout the country.
Perhaps the greatest honor of his career came in October 1992, when Frac was recognized with a one-man exhibit of thirty-six of his paintings at the National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.