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Wildly Energetic Work by Franck De Las Mercedes

collage art of man surrounded by colourful shapesInstruction Guide for Self-Fathering (Indifference Not Included), acrylic and collage

Franck De Las Mercedes was born in Nicaragua and emigrated to the US as a child, growing up in New York.  His work could be described as psychedelic, frenetic, and at times even anxious. While the bright, garish colours of his paintings may not immediately invite the viewer in, a closer look at these artworks has great rewards.


artwork of circles lines and shapes with textNature Interrupted (Quixote's Dream), mixed media and collage on canvas

Often incorporating elements of portraiture, abstraction and text art all in the same image, Franck packs his wildly energetic work full to bursting with visual stimulation. His central placement of images, sometimes painted human figures and sometimes photographs of people, lends a sense of almost religious imagery to the artworks.


On his webpage, Franck links to his mixed-media works as well as the Peace Boxes project, which he founded in 2006. The project sees Franck creating and mailing boxes which he has painted, and which have been labeled as to contain abstract concepts like peace and love. The boxes are intended to create a public dialogue about the values we place on such concepts.    


painting of a woman's face in abstract style with text and geometric shapesHealing the Unaffirmed, mixed media and collage on canvas

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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