Frank Olt: Architectural Spaces Abstracted

Architectural blueprints never looked like this: lines rotate and slide across the surface. Bold colors radiate beneath. Textures command the eye and beckon touch.

Frank Olt uses construction drawings, blueprints and architectural elevations as jumping points for his colorful abstract artwork. Some of his latest works are on view at the Salamatina Gallery in Manhasset through May 12.

Frank Olt: New Paintings features 17 paintings. The works range in scale from large (6’ by 6’) to intimate (1’ by 1’). Channeling his experience as a ceramist, Mr. Olt uses encaustics with pigments to fashion surfaces on linen that conjure pottery in vibrant hues. Linear patterns that form loose grids are a constant in Mr. Olt’s new paintings.

A panel discussion and catalogue for the show will be held on Friday, May 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. The panel features Mr. Olt, Kenneth Wayne, chief curator of collections and exhibitions at the Heckscher Museum of Art, and Franklin Hill Perrell, the executive director of the Roslyn Landmark Society and former chief curator for the Nassau County Museum of Art. Mr. Wayne and Mr. Perrell contributed to the catalogue.

Mr. Olt is a long-standing art professor at C.W. Post College. He has exhibited and is part of permanent collections held by the Nassau County Museum of Art, the Islip Art Museum, the Heckscher Museum of Art, the Konggi Museum in Korea and others. His work has been shown in galleries in New York, Japan and other places. He maintains studios in Manhattan and Oyster Bay.

Frank Olt: New Paintings is on view at Salamatina Gallery, 2032 Northern Blvd, Manhasset. For information, visit or call 516-439-4471.

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Pat Rogers is a freelance writer specializing in arts and culture on Long Island. When not going to art openings or interviewing actors or musicians, she’s looking for the next interesting story.