About the Illustrator

Alexander Franks

Alexander’s love of drawing and traditional print techniques, like etching, has been present as long as he can remember, this love grows every day he pick up a pen.

Generally concerned with darkly comic themes and the grotesque, Alex is interested in the relationship between reality and dreams. The paradox of each being present in his work harking back to the ideals of classic Gothic grotesque painters like Zdzislaw Beksinski (FInd out more about Beksinski here).

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.

Alexander Franks - Artist & Illustrator
Alexander Franks - Artist