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Franklyn was born in 1925. When he began to study at the Art Students League of New York (under Raphael Soyer, among others) at the age of twelve, he was the youngest student the League had ever accepted. In fact, he had to receive special permission to attend nude sketch classes. After the war, he went on to Yale University's School of Fine Art (studying under Josef Albers, among others) from which he received a BFA in 1950. After graduation, he started a career as an illustrator (financial pressures having required him to pursue illustration rather than non-representational painting). After several years as an illustrator, he turned to commercial photography, and from photography to filmmaking (used primarily as a lighting consultant). Through it all, he continued to paint. Then, in 1994, just as he was about to finally show his work, the hardware-store-fire in Sag Harbor, New York destroyed virtually every work of art he had done up to that point, his studio having been on the top floor of that buildingNevertheless, he continued to paint, and his studio is once again full. For the first time in his life, he is making an effort to expose his work, starting with this website completed in December of 2023.

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