Q + A: Franko

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How would you describe what you do to someone who hasn’t seen your art?

That’s a great question. Hmm…  You don’t need to see it; you can feel it, as it all revolves around texture. I create art that is heavily textured. I work in a multi-disciplinary nature across six styles.

What is your studio like?

When I first started out – basically dipping my toe in the art gene pool – my gym was essentially my studio. Then it overtook our loungeroom, walkways and kitchen until [my wife] Wendy said, “Enough!”. So about three years ago, I built a large, studio-specific space that was able to cope with the large-format work I often do. I have about 400-square-metres of studio space comprising indoor storage, dispatch, “clean” production areas and large undercover “mess” areas where I do just that… make a mess.

What materials do you use and why?

Oh, I use so many different types of things – from house paint to texturing bases, oils, acrylics and sugar sprays. I’ll mix these things with water, oils, alcohol and petrol to name a few. The effects that can be found in mixing things that should never be mixed is fascinating.

What have you been working on recently?

A new mini-series of abstracts based on my recent travels to the Lofoten Islands and Svalbard. Awe-inspiring scenery. Nothing does beauty like nature.

Where do you find inspiration?

Travel and all things old. From past masters’ works to vintage books and retro. Even with my abstracts, I find enormous inspiration in rust and decay. Some of the most beautiful things I have seen have been created by peeled layers of paint on old rusted objects. As for travel, I have visited so many beautiful places. Lofoten, Svalbard and the Himalayas have been the three most inspiring places I have travelled.

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