I love saturated color, whimsical characters and fantastic, dreamlike imagery informed by iconic elements from our collective visual culture.

Painting for Kinetic Light

Some of my current projects involve large colorful paintings and murals, lit by intense saturated color-changing LED lights (“kinetic light”); This method causes the colors in the painting to seem to flip, move and swap as the light color changes, highlighting different forms and hidden elements. As the lighting cycles through various combinations of colors, the pigments also appear to change color, swap and move in surprising ways, forming a moving wall of color and shape. (See some examples)

Press:

The Washington Post: 

“For Mike Franklin, The Art’s the Thing in Hyattsville”; The Washington Post

East City Art:

“…impressive contribution to the street and building-scape and to the Arts in Hyattsville” –East City Art


Dock Tattoo: Connected by Sea, Graphic header
Dock Tattoo ProjectConnected by the Sea: This project aims to take visitors on a walk down the main pier at the shipyard at HarborArts in East Boston. A response to the place itself, people visiting here are drawn to leave the land and walk out onto the pier where they can experience the water all around them and view the Boston skyline in a unique and complete panorama.I’m creating a large series of tattoo designs what will be stained into the cement surface of the pier, that point out the different places and peoples we have been connected to by sea.

Two are already in place, and we aim to finish the whole project, a proposed 12 designs, after the weather starts cooperating again in Spring of 2014.
(Read more on the project’s website | See project page at Harbor Arts: “The 1000ft Tattoo”)

News

Bartlett Yard photos in Boston Magazine
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April 8, 2014, Arts & Entertainment:     One Last Glimpse at the Artwork That Marks the Buildings at Bartlett Yard Article: Steve Annear, Photos by Margaret Burdge Also: South side with sneakers Read More

Proposal for Boston City Hall
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Suggestion for sprucing up Boston City Hall: the caution tape on the steps is a mess… Safety grip tape for floors and steps comes in (bright) colors… That means we can make City... Read More