Paintings of Friends and Lovers Whose Inner Lives Glow Around Them

Louis Fratino, “Me” (2019), oil on canvas, 60 x 48 inches (all images courtesy Sikkema Jenkins)Louis Fratino’s paintings are deeply cinematic. Not in their scale or high-definition, but in the intense and dreamy way that he fixates on his subjects. Like Barry Jenkins or Wong Kar-Wai, Fratino crafts wordless scenes that are saturated with color, making his subjects’ passionate inner lives glow around them like full-body halos. But…

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