Biography

Franz H. Schmidt (1927 - 2009)

Franz H. Schmidt (1927 - 2009) was born in 1927 in Neu-Isenburg, Germany, and has resided in Canada since 1952. A successful importer and designer of Scandinavian furniture, Schmidt found solace in his fine art practice. With a hunger for challenge, Franz H. Schmidt (1927 - 2009) experimented throughout his career with a deep sense of humility as he incorporated influences of the Old Masters and contemporary artists alike to establish his own unique style. His work offers interesting variations in mixed media, including techniques combining sand or fabric with acrylic, giving paintings rich texture and depth.
Franz H. Schmidt (1927 - 2009) was born in 1927 in Neu-Isenburg, Germany, and has resided in Canada since 1952. A successful importer and designer of Scandinavian furniture, Schmidt found solace in his fine art practice. With a hunger for challenge, Franz H. Schmidt (1927 - 2009) experimented throughout his career with a deep sense of humility as he incorporated influences of the Old Masters and contemporary artists alike to establish his own unique style.

His work offers interesting variations in mixed media, including techniques combining sand or fabric with acrylic, giving paintings rich texture and depth. Frank combined watercolours with a polymer to give permanency to the medium, which would otherwise fade with time. Many of these pictorial expressions are done in watercolour and acrylic. Some of his most remarkable art pieces are those painted in the ‘reverse glass’ technique. Frank also used reclaimed driftwood pieces as a three-dimensional canvas in a playful yet strongly communicative and ofttimes obscure interpretation of Nature. Both the reverse glass pieces and driftwood sculptures are true gems of creativity and talent.

Frank’s paintings conveyed his emotions and his personal philosophy of life and mankind. His work is largely impressionistic. He named this ‘Psychicism,’ allowing the subconscious and visceral feelings to migrate to the conscious mind and express mood, awareness and vibration. The portrayal of human acts and the subsequent results spawned from them is ever present in his artwork. His work always aimed to convey his perspective of the human condition. Thus, the intensity of emotion is evidenced in every piece of art he has produced.

A prolific and dedicated artist, Schmidt produced over 7,000 art pieces throughout his lifetime.

His work has been shown in many solo and group exhibitions since the 1970s, and his art has found its way into many collections in Canada, the United States, and Europe.
Franz H. Schmidt (1927 - 2009)

Artwork

  • Abstract Art. Title: Alien Invasion, Oil and Mixed Media on Board, 36x24 in, Framed by Canadian artist Franz H. Schmidt.

    Alien Invasion

    Oil & Mixed Media on Board

    36 x 24 in | 92 x 61 cm

  • Abstract Art. Title: Arms in Motion, Oil on Glass, 13x24 in by Canadian artist Franz H. Schmidt.

    Arms in Motion

    Oil on Glass

    13 x 24 in | 33 x 61 cm

  • Abstract Art. Title: Autumn Leaves, Acrylic on Canvas, 31x27 in, Framed by Canadian artist Franz H. Schmidt.

    Autumn Leaves

    Acrylic on Canvas

    31 x 27 in | 79 x 69 cm

  • Abstract Art. Title: Blue Beauty, Acrylic on Canvas, 19x13 in, Framed by Canadian artist Franz H. Schmidt.

    Blue Beauty

    Acrylic on Canvas

    19 x 13 in | 48 x 33 cm

  • Abstract Art. Title: Calligraphy, Oil and Mixed Media on Board, 45x23.5 in, Framed by Canadian artist Franz H. Schmidt.

    Calligraph

    Acrylic & Mixed Media on Board

    45 x 23.5 in | 114 x 60 cm

  • Abstract Art. Title: Continental Drift, Oil on Board, 23.5x43 in, Framed by Canadian artist Franz H. Schmidt.

    Continental Drift

    Oil on Board

    23.5 x 43 in | 61 x 109 cm

  • Abstract Art. Title: Crow, Oil and Mixed Media on Board, 32x22.5 in, Framed by Canadian artist Franz H. Schmidt.

    Crow

    Oil & Mixed Media on Board

    32 x 22.5 in | 81 x 57 cm

  • Abstract Art. Title: Evolution of Mankind, Acrylic on Glass, 24x11 in by Canadian artist Franz H. Schmidt.

    Evolution of Mankind

    Acrylic on Glass

    24 x 11 in | 61 x 28 cm

  • Abstract Art. Title: Fossils The Origin of Man, Oil and Mixed Media on Board_45x23.5 in, Framed by Canadian artist Franz H. Schmidt.

    Fossils The Origin of Man

    Oil & Mixed Media on Board

    45 x 23.5 in | 114 x 60 cm

  • Abstract Art. Title: Green Revival, Oil on Board, 18x34 in, Framed by Canadian artist Franz H. Schmidt.

    Green Revival

    Oil on Board

    18 x 34 in | 46 x 86 cm

  • Abstract Art. Title: Hands on Fire, Oil on Board, 43x24 in, Framed by Canadian artist Franz H. Schmidt.

    Hands on Fire

    Oil on Board

    43 x 23.5 in | 109 x 61 cm

  • Abstract Art. Title: Medusa Revival, Oil on Canvas, 24x20 in, Framed by Canadian artist Franz H. Schmidt.

    Medusa Revival

    Oil on Canvas

    24 x 20 in | 61 x 51 cm

  • Abstract Art. Title: Mosaic, Oil on Board, 18x20 in, Framed by Canadian artist Franz H. Schmidt.

    Mosaic

    Oil on Board

    18 x 20 in | 46 x 51 cm

  • Abstract Art. Title: Polar Bear, Oil on Glass, 13x20.5 in by Canadian artist Franz H. Schmidt.

    Polar Bear

    Oil on Glass

    13 x 20.5 in | 33 x 52 cm

  • Abstract Art. Title: Red Sky at Night, Acrylic on Canvas, 24x48 in, Framed by Canadian artist Franz H. Schmidt.

    Red Sky at Night

    Acrylic on Canvas

    24 x 48 in | 61 x 122 cm

  • Abstract Art. Title: Space Garden, Oil on Board_45x32 in, Framed by Canadian artist Franz H. Schmidt.

    Space Garden

    Oil on Board

    45 x 32 in | 114 x 81 cm

  • Abstract Art. Title: Stormy, Acrylic on Canvas, 24x36 in, Framed by Canadian artist Franz H. Schmidt.

    Stormy

    Acrylic on Canvas

    24 x 36 in | 61 x 91 cm

  • Abstract Art. Title: Water Resevior, Oil on Glass, 24x16 in by Canadian artist Franz H. Schmidt.

    Water Reservoir

    Oil on Glass

    24 x 16 in | 61 x 41 cm

  • Abstract Art. Title: Wave of Spring, Gouache on Glass, 11x31 in by Canadian artist Franz H. Schmidt.

    Wave of Spring

    Oil on Glass

    11 x 31 in | 28 x 79 cm

  • Abstract Art. Title: Wrapped in Time, Gouache on Glass, 25x14 in by Canadian artist Franz H. Schmidt

    Wrapped in Time

    Gouache on Glass

    24 x 13 in | 61 x 33 cm