Brock & Co.

Frances Paley
Mohawk 2, n.d.
Digital print on archival paper
Available sizes: 15 x 20 in., 20 x 30 in., 30 x 40 in., 40 x 60 in., C Print 50 x _in.
Signed and numbered / Each size limited to an edition of 15
Available matted, framed or mounted on Plexiglas
For more than 30 years, Frances Paley has been exploring various media. Her work has evolved from early investigations in sculpture using machine technology to large-format black and white photography and on to airbrushed watercolor and pen and ink drawings in the 1980s. Over the past decade, Paley has been involved in fine art prints utilizing photographic imagery and computer enhancement. The images are as taken through the camera lens, no layering is used. They are not a montage. Each image represents a particular moment in time and the sole change is through color. The images embody the romantic, mysterious and surreal. They present the world from a slightly askew stance and are meant to be ambiguous and mildly disorienting. She has exhibited nationally and internationally including exhibitions in Peru, Italy and France. Her work is in various museum, corporate and private collections. Frances Paley has a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Diego State University, a Master of Fine Arts degree from Rochester Institute of Technology, and a Master of Arts degree in Psychotherapy from Goddard College. She held a faculty position and administrative post at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Artist Statement

The images are exactly as taken, meaning there is no layering, moving of objects, reworking of vignettes, etc. They are not a montage. For me this is important as it represents the truth of that image at the time it was made.

I put the image on the computer and the only work I do is color. I take the color out of the image and basically repaint it. I do this with a series of inversions, meaning I work it in the positive image, change it to a negative, work more, move it back to a positive, etc. Finally I decide which one I want to keep.

I only photograph inanimate things. I do not see the inanimate as "lifeless". To me they have life and by painting them they seem to exhibit energy and dynamism. They have the ability to reflect feelings, attitudes and can elicit emotion. They embody the poignancy of memory, longing, love and loss. They mirror our vulnerability and humanity by allowing us to peek into our wistful desires to capture the ephemeral and transcend time. The range of the work deals with beauty and mystery existing in a surreal reality.


1991 Master of Arts Degree - Psychotherapy
Goddard College, Plainfield, VT

1979 Master of Fine Arts Degree
College of Fine and Applied Art
Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York

1975 Bachelor of Arts Degree
San Diego State University, San Diego, CA

International Exhibitions:

2009 Ikebo Gallery, Turin Photo Festival, Turin, Italy

2008 Librairie les Arcades Groupe Quedillart, Paris, France, Exhibition and Book Signing

2006 Martin Chambi Archive, Cuzco, Peru, Frances Paley Photographs

National Exhibitions:

2013 Art Pam Beach, West Palm Beach, Florida

2013 Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York, Alumni exhibition

2013 Geisel Gallery at One Bausch + Lomb Place, Rochester, New York, The Works of Frances Paley

2013 Nan Miller Gallery, Rochester, New York, Albert Paley & Frances Paley

2012 Vignelli Center Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York, Frances & Albert Paley recent works

2012 Luck Street Gallery, Key West, Florida, Another World Other Places

2012 Nan Miller Gallery, Rochester, New York, New works by Albert Paley & Frances Paley

2012 Bausch and Lomb corporate art exhibition program, Rochester, New York

2011 Spectrum Gallery, Rochester, New York, Frances Paley Adornments

2011 Art Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Florida, Ruth Lawrence Fine Art

2010 Nan Miller Gallery, Rochester, New York, Albert and Frances Paley

2010 Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York, Alumni Show

2008 Millenia Gallery, Orlando, Florida

2008 Hawk Galleries, Columbus, Ohio, Albert Paley, Frances Paley

2008 SOFA, Hawk Galleries, Chicago, Illinois

2008 Carnegie Library, Perry, Iowa, Photography Frances Paley

2007 Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, Photography Frances Paley

2006 Photo LA, Los Angeles, California, Behnam Gallery

2006 Millenia Gallery, Orlando, Florida, Frances Paley Archive of Ephemera

2006 Academy Art Museum, Easton, Maryland

2006 Gallery Francoise, Lutherville, Maryland, Frances Paley Archive of Ephemera Photographs

2006 Photo San Francisco, San Francisco, California, Benham Gallery

2005 pARTners, Kirkland Arts Center, Kirkland, Washington

2005 Millenia Gallery, Orlando, Florida, Dream Archive, Photographs by Frances Paley

2005 Galerie Francoise, Lutherville, Maryland, First look 2005-2006 Season

2005 Benham Gallery, Seattle, Washington, In Between the Lines, The Photography of Frances Paley

2005 Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, Florida, Archive of Ephemera: Photography of Frances Paley