b.1959 Winnipeg, Canada
b.1968 Toronto, Canada
Frank Rekrut and Laura Thompson began their careers in the beautiful Niagara region of Ontario. In 2010 they moved to Italy. They now have a studio in the historic center of Florence, where Frank’s great grandfather and great uncle were both sculptors. Life in Florence provides constant inspiration through the people, the architecture, the art and the history. It also allows for interaction with other artists and artisans who value the traditional approaches to their craft. Frank and Laura are both alumni of The Florence Academy of Art . Their academic training from life in the traditional methods and techniques has provided a solid foundation for the development of their work.
Most interested in exploring the human figure, Frank combines his own aesthetic with his strong academic training. The result of this is an interesting balance in a diverse variety of subjects and themes.
Laura enjoys painting all subjects in a diversity of styles with her main focus of interest being figurative original works and portraiture.
Both Frank and Laura have exhibited at The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights. Frank has had the honor of having his portrait bust of Harriet Tubman at the National Historic site for the Underground Railroad in Ontario, Canada, and a life -size bronze of Harriet Tubman at The Harriet Tubman Public School in Ontario. He also has a sculpture in the permanent collection of the European Museum of Modern Art in Barcelona, Spain - MEAM
Frank and Laura’s works may be found in both public and private collections throughout Canada, the USA, Italy, Germany, Holland, the Philippines, and Spain.