We chat to Scenic Rim artist Franko Art about his colourful works currently on show with Art Lovers Australia.
Bold, big, full of joy and passionate are the first words that spring to mind when you think about Franko’s art.
Paul Franklin, alias Franko Art, is an Australian abstract and pop artist based on the beautiful Scenic Rim in South-East Queensland.
Franko’s art falls loosely into four genres; abstract, urban pop, industrial pop and abstract realism. His art moves fluently between different materials, elements and textures without ever compromising his love of colour, his infectious joy or his sense of adventure.
“I always look for a balance in the design of my art and with analytical structure (really, I mean chaos!) and I normally paint with lots of texture,” says Franko.
“I also love colour. Depending on my moods and inspiration, the outcome could be of realistic in nature, or totally abstract. Some of it will be naughty, and some simply designed to try and bring about a smile. I’ve learnt not to take life too seriously as no one gets out alive,” he muses.
Franko’s art contains many references to, and elements of, urban, modern and human nature. He tells us how the constant flow of imagery in contemporary society has affected his art.
“I’d love to know the statistic comparisons of how many ‘objects’ we are exposed to today, as opposed to 50 years ago,” he says.
“So, I draw a lot of inspiration from the daily bombardment that comes from TV, the internet, even words in a song I might be listening to.”
Franko’s artwork has been featured on The Block, Selling Houses Australia and in Home Design Magazine. His work is currently on display as part of the ‘Colour Pop’ exhibition now currently on show at the Art Lovers Australia Gallery in Southport.
Art Lovers Australia’s gallery space is situated at Unit 14, ‘Brickworks Annex’, 19 Warehouse Rd, Southport. The ‘Colour Pop’ exhibition is on until 30 May.