Art and Architecture
Paintings by Frank Giordano
When Frank Giordano decided to go to a college prep school at age 13, he started caddying at the Brooklawn Country Club near his home in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to earn his tuition money. A baseball player at the time, Frank soon learned that the grace and power, the elegance and explosiveness he admired in Joe DiMaggio and Willie Mays were also evident in the gifted golfer. During a short game clinic he gave to the members at Brooklawn, Julius Boros demonstrated a delicacy of touch in the powerful exercise of his massive hands and forearms. The naturalness of such poetry in motion, and the unassuming manner by which Julius exhibited such talent, made a lasting impression.
Over the next 55 years, Frank played courses across the United States, the Caribbean islands, and the British Isles. It was when his own children were ready for prep schools that Frank, whose day job was as a Professor of English Literature at the University of Houston, began publishing stories about golf as a free-lance writer.
“Over my 30 years writing career, I wrote regularly about golf courses and resorts for the Golf Traveler magazine, Private Clubs magazine, and Diversion, as well as for in-flight and city and lifestyle magazines. I also served as ghost writer for a long series (over 2 years) of Hank Haney’s articles, for a year-long series by LPGA professional Betsy Cullen, and for several other teaching professionals. My work appeared in Golf, Golf Tips, LINKS, and Golf Illustrated as well. For the prestigious River Oaks Country Club in Houston, I wrote their history in the early 1990s. As a life member of the Golf Writers Association of America, I interviewed many of the leading tour professionals and golf instructors in Texas while I lived there, and worked often with golf course architects like Robert von Hagge, Bruce Devlin, and Joe Finger.”
His most recent pieces have appeared in the Pilot newspaper in Southern Pines, North Carolina. Frank is currently preparing articles on the North & South golf tournament held at Pinehurst Country Club and an article on golf in Myrtle Beach for a Chinese golf and travel magazine. He has also published two books and tens of articles on wine and art.
His paintings of golf courses are exhibited and sold online and in several galleries in the Sandhills area of North Carolina. Frank may be contacted directly via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The painting depicts the illustrious and historical 17th hole at America’s iconic golf course, Pebble Beach. Set on the breathtakingly beautiful Monterey peninsula, Pebble Beach is one of the world’s finest as well as most stunningly scenic golf courses. Site of several important golf championships for nearly 100 years, Pebble Beach is probably on more golfers’ “bucket lists” than any other accessible course in the country. Who can forget Tom Watson’s chipping in for a birdie here to secure his US Open victory over Jack Nicklaus in 1982?
Players find another magnificent setting at Tralee’s #16, a 200 yd par 3 that traverses another chasm down to its green at the ocean’s edge. Depending on the wind’s direction and intensity, the forced carry at #16, at its greatest difficulty, could well require a driver from the tee from ordinary mortals. The over-sized 20×60″ acrylic painting represents the hole’s majesty as a sporting challenge and its extraordinary brilliance as a physical setting. Those who can’t leave 16 without taking a look back down the fairway will encounter another breathtaking view of the Emerald Isle’s glorious enchantments.
This stirring 440 yd par 4 hole, with a narrow driving area and an 80 foot chasm in front of the left side of the green, suggests a veritable golfing Hell, were it not such a helluva hole. The severe right-to-left slope right of the green can cause the despairing player to wonder where to place the approach. However, the green is open in front to accept running shots along the ground. Like the old American Express ad advised, don’t leave home without your bump-and-run shot. The 12×48″ acrylic painting gives a panoramic view of the hole and others nearby. The mountains in the background and the ever-changing Irish skies endow this very challenging hole with a truly epic dimension. It’s only part kiddingly that locals say Arnold designed the front 9, but God created the back.
It looks like it was used for bombardment practice, with ships lobbing explosives from Lake Michigan into the dunes land along the shore. Or it could have been a shower of meteors that fell from the stratosphere and left the shoreline pocked with sandy depressions. Actually, it was Pete Dye’s overheated imagination, in a frenzy of creative ecstasy, that inspired him to produce a work of such extravagance that only the adjective Rococo can begin to describe.
Whistling Straits is not a freak, though, as several major American championships, for both men and women, have been conducted there.
This original panoramic acrylic painting, 12×36″ on plywood, depicts a golf hole at the Doak course at the Barnbougle Dunes resort in Tasmania, the Australian Island in the North East. Designed by Tom Doak and some of his associates, the course is open for public play. It has been called the finest modern course by one very knowledgeable writer. The island Tasmania, described as a little bit of golfing paradise, is an ideal location for links golf, with large sand dunes, firm turf, ever-present winds, and plenty of sunshine year-round. This is a “must stop” on the journey of every peripatetic pilgrim with a special veneration for the game.
For those interested in learning more about his work and perhaps purchasing or commissioning a piece, please contact Frank Giordano directly via email at email@example.com.