Patricia Frischer

Patricia Frischer

About Patricia Frischer

Patricia Frischer,born Kansas City, 1948, is a graduate of the California College of Arts and Crafts (MFA). She is a lecturer, instructor, and author of a book, The Artist in the Marketplace. She was head of an international art department in Nottinghill Gate in London as well as assistant professor of Art at Humboldt State University. She was a board member of the Combined Organizations for Visual Arts in San Diego where she coordinated the region wide Open Studios Tours and the Collectors Round Table panel discussions. Ms. Frischer now trains artist agents,dearlers and consultants and is presently the coordinator of the San Diego Visual Arts Network ( which publishes the SmART Collector feature. Her own work has been shown internationally and her most recent one person show was at Oxford University.

Patricia Frischer has a highly recognisable style that is unique and is a reflection of how she would like to be perceived. She calls the work neo-narrative as it has recognisable elements but also a degree of abstraction. The work tells a story but in a non-linear way. Her subject dictates the way she uses her particular painting tools. This makes it intriguing for people to try to figure out which of the mediums she is using. She has long worked in gouache and neocolour (a water soluble wax stick) but the computer and digital techniques play a big part in her compositional studies. Frischer starts with something, which she notices, that might be considered quite commonplace. She uses her strengths, which are colour and vision to make an expression that attracts the viewer into the work. The pieces can be calming or stimulating, occasionally even startling but always offer an experience to the collector much as theatre does. After 25 years in London and ten years living there and in San Diego with an extensive global record of exhibitions, the works remain alarmingly literal, wittily verbal, surreally funny, flagrantly person, daringly fun and always mysterious.


Washington University, St. Louis Missouri: Boston Museum School of Fine Art Boston, Mass.: Kansas City Art Institute, KC, Missouri
B.F.A., 1970 M.F.A., 1972 Major: Sculpture at California College of Arts and Crafts (CCAC)
Half-tuition, CCAC, 1971; Full-tuition, CCAC, 1971,1972; Teaching Assistantship ,CCAC,1971,1972; Sophomore Tutorial Program, CCAC, 1971,1972

One Woman Exhibition:
Mesa College Gallery with Cheryl Tall, San Diego, CA 2005
Humor and Healing, Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, CA 2001
COVA Open Studio Exhibition, San Diego, CA 1999, 2000
Union Bank of California, Encinitas, CA, 1999
Mary Ogilvie Gallery, St Annes College, Oxford, England, 1998, 2005
Via Cicada, Palm Springs, CA, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995, 2001
LEscargot, London, England, 1990
Sue Williams Gallery, London, England, 1989, 1991
Chateau de Lesvault, Onlay, France, 1989
Patricia Carega Gallery, Washington D.C., 1988
Quinton Green Gallery, London, England, 1986
Private Stock Gallery, Kansas City, MO., 1983

Selected Group Exhibitions:
Jazzercise Corporate Office, Carlsbad, 2006La Dolce Vita, Galerie dArt International, S.D., CA 2005
The Golem, Gotthelf Art Gallery, SD Center for Jewish Culture, La Jolla, CA 2005
Oceanside Museum of Art, Art Auction Preview Exhibition, Oceanside, CA 2004
Galerie dArt International Art Auction Preview Exhibition, San Diego, CA 2004
CA Digital, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA 2003
Karsi Art Works, "Families Only, Istanbul, Turkey 2003
North Park Utility box project, San Diego, CA 2001
Arts Alive, Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside, CA 2001
Sony Art Walk, San Diego, CA 1998, Caf Deception, 1999, Menagerie, 2000
La Jolla Art Festival, la Jolla, CA 1997
Pump House Gallery, Group Show, Battersea, London, England 1994
Wardolfs, Group Show, London, England 1992,1993,1994
National Theatre, Group Show, London, England 1993
Economist Gallery, Group Show, London, England 1992
Sadler Wells Theatre, Group Show, London, England 1992
Still Price Lintas, Group Show, London, England 1991-92
Pulingers, Group Show, London, England 1991
Sue Williams Gallery, Candle Power", London, England 1991
MM Arts, Group Shows, London, England 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991
Oscar Woolens, Group Show, London, England 1990
Trace Computer, Group Show, London, England 1989
Middlesex House, Group Show, London, England 1989
Spectrum Gallery, Glass and Paper, Palm Desert, Ca 1989, 1990
Patricia Carega Gallery, Five Artist Paint Washington Washington, D.C. 1986
Quinton Green Gallery, Birds Beasts and Humans, London, England 1985 and Summer Show at the Cork Street Art Fair 1984
Contemporary Art Society, Art Market. sponsored by Sainsbury, Smith Gallery, London, England 1985, 1986

Art works by Patricia Frischer are in private collections and have been shown in group exhibitions throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, the Eastern Block countries, France, and Sweden.

The Artist in the Marketplace, with James Adams, H.Even, New York, 1980
Advice to the Artist in Search of a Gallery, Arts Review Magazine, London, 1986
"NeoCollectors", Open Studio Catalogue, San Diego, 2000
"Women Artists Datebook, 2003", Syracuse Cultural Workers

Web sites:

Selected Work Experience:
Coordinator, San Diego Visual Arts Network, 2002 to present
Freelance lecturer and creativity and art business consultant, 1979 to present
Board of Directors, Combined Organization for Visual Arts, San Diego, 1999 to 2004Advisory Board, San Diego Institute of Art Education, 2001
Head of Art, Southbank International School, London, England, 1979 to 1996
Assistant Professor, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California, 1977-1979
Director, JPL Fine Art Gallery, London, England, 1973-1976

Art Associations and Memberships:
San Diego Visual Arts Network
San Diego Visual Artist Guild
Oceanside Museum of Art Artist Alliance
San Diego Museum of Art
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego,


Future Shows: Patricia Frischer's art work included in Without Limits:Latin American Slant at Expressions of Mexico Gallery featuring the Digital Art Group Free reception: Sat, May 13th to June 9, 1122 Csar Chvez Parkway, Barrio Logan, San Diego CA For more info:Carmen Velazquez

Patricia Frischer's art work in What's Hot:Neo-Narrative August 1 to 31