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New Works by Joshua S. Franco

Sept 08, 2008

Contact: Colleen Franco
Phone: 505-954-9902
Images available upon request.



SANTA FE, N.M. [September 8, 2008] – Blue Rain Gallery will host a show of new paintings by emerging artist Joshua Franco from Friday, November 21 through Friday, December 15. The show will be held at Blue Rain Gallery at 130 Lincoln Avenue in Santa Fe. An artist reception is planned for Friday, November 28 at 5 p.m.

Franco has managed galleries and worked with world-famous artists for years, but in recent years he has rededicated himself to pursuing his own talents as a painter, exploring life through his compelling canvases. “I get true enjoyment out of painting. As an artist I feel like I’m really emerging,” he explains.

Franco’s paintings are complex and introspective narratives of life and death, growth patterns, and history. “Most of my paintings are about reaching for goals, spiritual growth, and all of the things in life that we take for granted,” explains Franco. His artwork is richly symbolic, but his blending of flora and fauna, deep blue skies and the nautilus, and many other natural and historic symbols have deeply personal meanings. “I don’t follow the true meanings of symbols. I use them for what they mean to me,” explains Franco. “For instance, the butterfly represents people to me. And I use the nautilus to depict the direction you’re going in life,” he says.

Franco uses acrylic paint on canvas or masonite and complements some of the canvases with antique frames that he has collected from around the world.

About Blue Rain Gallery
The Blue Rain Gallery is committed to promoting work of the finest contemporary Native American and regional contemporary artists. The gallery features an extraordinary collection of pueblo pottery, paintings, sculpture and bronze, glass art, kachinas, southwest jewelry, and baskets. Blue Rain Gallery is located at 130 Lincoln Avenue, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501. Phone 505-954-9902. For more information, visit the Blue Rain Gallery web site at