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Alexander Franks - Artist & Illustrator

My love of drawing and traditional print techniques, like etching, have been present as long as I can remember, this love has grown since beginning to study my degree.

Generally concerned with darkly comic themes and the grotesque, I am currently interested in the relationship between reality and dreams. The paradox of each being present in my work harking back to the ideals of classic Gothic grotesque painters like Beksinski.

While I like to disturb people and their perceptions, there is something beautiful to me about this symbiotic relationship. Dreams are the results of the real events of the day, while our reality is certainly the product of dreams. Feeding off each other as they do, equally divine and satanic, mundane and absurd, how can we tell them apart? It is on that blurred line where my work sits, hopefully giving pause to any who view it; whether in a light-hearted manner, something sinister, or perhaps even some metamorphosis of the two.

Born: 1995
Salisbury, England

Studying:
Fine Art (BA), UWE, Bristol