Untitled Portrait (Houses) by Rafael Francisco Salas, Ripon, Wisconsin

The Randall Frank Contemporary Art Collection is happy to announce its newest acquisition from artist, Rafael Francisco Salas. 

Rafael Francisco Salas, Untitled Portrait (Houses), oil on canvas, 22 x 42 inches, 2010

Rafael Francisco Salas, Untitled Portrait (Houses), oil on canvas, 22 x 42 inches, 2010

Rafael Francisco Salas is a Wisconsin based painter. He combines landscape, the legacy of Byzantine iconography, portraiture, architecture and country music into artwork that evokes a strange, rural poetry. It reflects a personal journey of mixed race identity, conflict, beauty and devotion played out on the vast landscapes of rural Wisconsin.

His work has been exhibited in New York City, San Diego, Boston, as well as many venues in the Midwest including The Neville Public Museum, The Museum of Wisconsin Art, The John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Dean Jensen gallery, Circa Gallery and Frank Juarez Gallery. His work is represented by Portrait Society Gallery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Salas is also a contributing writer at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and associate professor of art at Ripon College in Ripon, WI.


Samantha Haring – Chicago, Illinois

Samantha Haring is a Midwest painter from Des Plaines, Illinois. Her work is an intimate meditation on humble objects and the detritus of studio life. Haring uses her studio as subject matter to discuss the nature of loss and the inherent duality of absence and presence.

Haring earned her MFA from Northern Illinois University (2014) and her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2011). She has also studied in Italy at the International School of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture; it was there that she fully developed her commitment to light, color, and observational painting. Haring received a scholarship from the Union League Club in Chicago in 2013. Her paintings have been exhibited across the country, most recently in the “Art of Painting” exhibition juried by William Bailey. Haring’s work is included in the Manifest International Painting Annuals 4 and 5; her work will be published in the upcoming 2015 Midwest issue of New American Paintings. She is currently an Artist in Residence at Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati.

Here is one of seven paintings that are now in the Randall Frank Contemporary Art Collection. 


Marlboro Red 3, gouache on panel, 6″x6″, 2012

To see our newest acquisition click here.

Visit samharing.com to check out her work.

All images copyright of the artist and used with their permission. 

Rafael Salas – Ripon, Wisconsin

Our newest acquisition comes from Rafael Salas, a Wisconsin-based painter, from Ripon. We were first introduced to his work back in 2007 in Milwaukee. We reconnected a couple years later. We found the interplay between realism and abstraction quite captivating. 

Our two acquisitions are studies for paintings called Untitled Interior (Funeral), Untitled (House), Untitled Interior (Living Room), Abstraction Study #1, and Abstraction Study #2.

You can view these paintings at rafaelsalas.com.

To read his statement click here.

rafaelsalas, abstract study II, 2011

rafaelsalas, abstract study I, 2011

All images copyright of the artist and used with permission.

Tony Conrad – Appleton, Wisconsin

Our newest acquisition comes from Tony Conrad, a Wisconsin-based painter, from Appleton. We saw his work on the 365 Artists 365 Days Project and checked out his website. The level of detail, use of space, and sense of intimacy caught our attention. This painting, “Induction #1, is a 17 inch round, acrylic on panel painting. 

We encourage you to visit Conrad at tonyconradart.com.

To read his statement and bio click here.

Induction#1 by Tony Conrad


All images copyright of the artist and used with permission.

Chris Norris – Richmond, Virginia

The second acquisition for the Randall Frank Contemporary Art Collection is by Chris Norris. Chris is a painter and illustrator in Richmond, VA. We came across his work at “FIRST FRIDAYS RVA” this past July. First Fridays is a year-round art walk in the Arts District of Richmond. Chris had a show, Hamburger Head, which was a collection of new pieces where he describes his world through the eyes of a character called,”Hamburger Head.”

We encourage you to visit Chris’s website to see more works created through Chris’s alter ego “Hamburger Head” at www.chrisnorrisart.com.

Baby Hamburger Blossom, Ink and Watercolor on Paper, 12"x9", 2014

Baby Hamburger Blossom, Ink and Watercolor on Paper, 12″x9″, 2014


Baby Hamburger Blossom


The Baby Hamburger Blossom like most of my work is meant to be confrontational. If he was to fit into Joseph Campbell’s outline for the “Hero’s Journey” he would be a minor test for the Hero. (See The Hero with a Thousand Faces) He would be an obstacle. Or even a preview of what is to come. In the mythology or Special World that have created with my work, the Hamburger Head is a reflection of the worst of myself. The Hamburger Head is proud, selfish, and materialistic. The Baby Hamburger Blossom is his offspring and you can look at him as a poison pill waiting to be swallowed. He is obviously ugly but can be read as cute maybe even trusting. He is both grotesque and beautiful.

There are several motifs in the piece that are reoccurring. The flowers are always a reference to nature and the sublime. Basically they allude to the mystery of our existence. Secondly, the targets are a reference to Jasper Johns. They are both optical and allegorical. Thirdly the Baby Hamburger Blossom only has a single eye. Like the Cyclops in the Odyssey he is easily blinded. The single eye implies a lack of understanding of anything with depth, but it also implies a singular driven purpose.

All images copyright of the artist and used with their permission.

William Zuback – West Allis, Wisconsin

We are very excited to introduce to you our first of many acquisitions. Our first acquisition is by photographer, William Zuback from West Allis, Wisconsin. “Suspicious Behavior” was first seen during a studio visit at Zuback’s studio, “Back to the Zu”.

The Randall Frank Contemporary Art Collection began with a frank conversation between two friends about art and collecting. For the past year these conversations started to evolve into the idea of joining our love for Contemporary Art, getting to know artists from across the country and our resources to begin our very own art collection.

We encourage you to check out Zuback’s work at www.williamzubackphotographs.com.

Read about “Suspicious Behavior” [link]

All images copyright of the artist and used with their permission.

All images copyright of the artist and used with their permission.

William Zuback, “Suspicious Behavior”, photograph printed on brushed aluminum, edition: 1/1, 40x40inches, 2012


The Randall Frank Contemporary Art Collection is based in Virginia.