New Represented Artist: Charlie Franklin

Mark Devereux Projects are proud to announce Charlie Franklin will be joining our represented artists programme.

Rooted in the language of materials, Charlie Franklin’s work breaches the borders between sculpture and painting. Often minimal, it focuses on the physicality of presence and absence through methods of mark making and erasure. With an interest in flatness and form, Franklin is attracted to materials that hold little structural integrity; things that are hollow or floppy such as cardboard boxes, swathes of canvas or sheets of tarpaulin. The skin surface of these core materials are transformed and become masked and misshapen as they are painted, collaged, gilded or wrapped. As layers are built up, the behaviour of colour is considered as it meets, mingles and sits together. The scale of her work varies, and often depends on the size of the original material she is working with. Franklin likes the ritual of taking something and changing it, which she views as a minor form of alchemy. Her work ultimately deals with this process, and the ways in which objects can hold power.

“I had the pleasure of working with Mark Devereux Projects throughout last year’s StudioBook programme. I really appreciated their thoughtful and ambitious approach to working with artists, and I’m excited to collaborate with them in more depth. It’s a privilege to have this opportunity and I’m looking forward to see how my work develops as part of the represented artists programme.” [Charlie Franklin]

We’re delighted to welcome Charlie to our represented artist programme. Throughout StudioBook she showed an appetite to digest and put into practice the information and support given by all our speakers. Since the close of the programme she has gone from strength-to-strength, including the recent news of her shortlisting for this year’s John Moores Painting Prize. We’re looking forward to collaborating with Charlie to further support her flourishing practice.” [Mark Devereux]

Working with Charlie Franklin signals another important development for Mark Devereux Projects in our fifth year, as we collaborate with an artist outside of our immediate North-West/West-Midlands location for the first time.

Further information

Charlie Franklin (b.1983) completed her BA in Fine Art at Middlesex University in 2005, and her Master’s degree in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art & Design in 2008. Recent exhibitions include Creekside OPEN selected by Alison Wilding (APT, London), In Nothing Flat (Old Granada Studios, Manchester) and the Kunst Altonale Festival (Hamburg, Germany). Franklin has undertaken artist residencies in the UK, Ireland and Iceland, and in 2017 was selected for Mark Devereux Projects StudioBook programme. She has been shortlisted for the John Moores Painting Prize 2018.

For further information and images of recent works, please visit:

Image: Charlie Franklin | image: courtesy of the artist
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