Archie Franks is a London-based painter. Franks’ work draws upon a wide range of imagery from popular and consumer culture, alongside art history and the artist’s everyday experiences. Franks’ paintings present memories through a filter of cultural influences, rendering the familiar strange. Memory, decadence, and a dreamlike unreality are core recurring themes.
With an interest in ‘making art from art that already exists’, Franks’ points of visual reference are varied: filmic influences include David Cronenberg’s Videodrome (1983), Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette (2006), and Dario Argento’s Suspiria (1977). Other reference points include the horror fiction of Stephen King, fairground designs, young adult book-jackets, and Caravaggio’s Basket of Fruit (c. 1599). Making sense of these eclectic touchstones, Franks reflects ‘I am an archaeologist of my own youth, trying to make poetry out of broken and forgotten things.’