Lot 30 - Archie Franks - Waiting Room
Pen on Paper
A6 (10x15cm) original artwork
Bidding starts at £50
Archie Franks studied at City & Guilds London Art School (2006-2009) and later Royal Academy of Arts, London. He has won multiple awards including the Tooth Award from Royal Academy of Arts, London in 2012 and the Sainsbury Scholarship in Painting from The British School at Rome in 2013.
'I incorporate a palimpsest of imagery from popular culture, leisure and consumer culture and my own everyday and history and mix it in with grand eras of art history, such as the baroque and rococo as well as major 20th century styles. The way I paint is a way to filter through memories and images from the culture that surrounds me and a way to render the familiar strange. It is in part a cathartic activity, dealing with my own history and life whilst also being a reflection on the culture at large and my own generational situation.Influences and staple points of reference range from films like David Cronenberg’s ‘Videodrome’ and horror fiction like Stephen King, to films such ‘Marie Antoinette’ by Sofia Coppola and ‘Suspiria’ by Dario Argento. Also things like fairground designs, and stylistic elements from young adult book jacket design have begun to find a way into the works. In a sense I am an archeologist of my own youth, trying to make poetry out of broken and forgotten things. I’m interested in making art from art that already exists, these images and paintings include Caravaggio’s ‘still life with basket of fruit’, Fragonard’s ‘le petite parc’, and some fairground painting by Fred Fowle. I like the dumb, or even punk aspect to redoing moments from the past with my own memories attached to art history, and the tension created from producing a ‘cover’ version A gothic atmosphere permeates the work and although the emphasis from painting to painting alters slightly, memory, decadence, and a dream like unreality are core recurring themes.'