Lot 6 - Archie Franks - Ghost Train
Lot 6 - Archie Franks - Ghost Train

Lot 6 - Archie Franks - Ghost Train

Watercolor + oil pastel on paper

2024

A6 (10x15cm)

Original Artwork

Signed on Verso

This auction is raising proceeds for The Hepatitis C Trust

Curated by Art on a Postcard

ARTIST INFO

About 

Born in 1986 Archie Franks lives and works in London. He graduated from the Royal Academy Schools in 2012 and has been awarded the Sainsbury Scholarship in Painting 2013 which enabled him to work fully funded in Rome at the British School at Rome for a year, and a Jerwood Painting Fellowship 2016 which consisted of financial support, a mentor scheme, and a U.K wide touring show starting at Jerwood Space in London. He has exhibited in numerous group and solo shows both in the U.K and in Europe, including Bloomberg New Contemporaries for promising new graduates in 2013 as well as having contributed articles to publications Garageland and Arty. His work has been positively reviewed in Time Out, Critic’s choice in the Financial Times, Art Monthly, This is Tomorrow, and Fad magazine amongst others.  

 

Education 

2009 - 12 
Post Graduate Diploma, Royal Academy Schools  

City and Guilds of London Art School 1st Class BA (hons) Degree 

  

Solo Shows 

2017 

Disintegration, Salon London, UK 

2015 

Nightmares and Dreamscapes, Welcome Screen, London, UK 

 

Group Shows 

2022/23 
Bread and Games, The Bindery, London (with Aleph Contemporary), UK 

2021 

The Stifled Cry, Aleph contemporary (online)  

2019 

Creekside Open, APT Gallery London, UK  

2018  

Night Plinths, Narrative Projects London, UK 

2017 

Dumb, Mercer Chance London, UK  

2016  

Jerwood Painting Fellowship Show, Jerwood Space, London (Touring to Arts University Bournemouth, Cardiff Bay Arts 2016 and Norwich University 2017)  

2015  

Carnival Glass, Block 336, London, UK  

The Names, Transition gallery at Sluice Art Fair, London, UK  

Creekside Open, selected by Richard Deacon, A.P.T Gallery, London, UK 

  

Gallery Representation 

Vivienne Roberts Projects  

 

Statement about AOAP Submitted Work 

"I use 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. 

Two paintings in particular have been staple points of reference for some time; Caravaggio’s ‘Still life with basket of fruit’ and Fragonard’s ‘Le petite parc’. I love the way the basket in Caravaggio’s painting appears to fall out of the painting and invade your space, modern day advertising seems to do something similar. An advert for Costa or Mcdonalds uses the same tactics Caravaggio did in 1599. I love the atmosphere in Fragonard’s Le petit parc painting, and I’ve tried to incorporate that particular feeling into some of my landscapes and fairground paintings. The still lives attempt to create a sense of presence, the landscapes a sense of something haunted.  

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."

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