My name is Randal Davis. I am an art historian, critic and curator specializing in American art 1950-1970. I was asked by a friend, Kassandra Kelly, to help in research for her book on encaustic painting, focusing on Frances Pratt, an American painter who also wrote an important mid-century text on the history and practice of the medium.

I became fascinated by Frances Pratt's life and work, and the breadth of her activities as an author and collector. It would not be appropriate to suggest that she was a major figure as a painter, writer or collector; she was, instead, I think, something almost as interesting, an exemplar of a modernism that didn't quite happen. Call it Modern Alt.

Very little of the information on this site will find its way into Kassandra's book, but I think it worth sharing. If you have any additional knowledge of her life and work, please write to francesprattart@gmail.com.

And you can learn more about Kassandra's work and her book, The Encaustic Materials Handbook, at http://hive-encaustic.com/. The Handbook itself is available through amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&field-keywords=encaustic%20materials%20handbook&index=blended.

Thank you for visiting.

 
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