Austrian artist Franz Graf was born in 1954 and resides and works in his nation’s capital of Vienna. The artist (who will be participating in next week’s Vienna Contemporary 2016 with Galerie Krinzinger) works to compile the practices of the abstract, ornamental, and figurative approach to art making. He does this through the mixture of mediums – usually graphite and ink. The striking black of the ink provides as an abrupt yet analogous contrast to the sketch-like, light qualities of the graphite set in the layer below it. Graf’s work in many cases represents the abstraction of the academic portrait into one that displays beautiful and cascading patterns of ornamentation. Aside from his portraiture, the artist also focuses on more geometric patterns sometimes based on text or other simple shapes. Galerie Georg Kargl states, “From a neo-conceptualist perspective, Franz Graf develops chains of abstraction and association where elements are used from the past to complement memory and the evaluation of the present and appeal to subconscious processes.” Search through his beautiful work below!
Learn more about Graf on Galerie Georg Kargl’s website!