Francis Charlton

Artist Statement

Francis has been an Artist for over forty years, from spraying simple stencil outlines of vaporised people on walls of buildings in the West End of London, in the late 70s, to the fly-poster bombing of 'Warhol is Over' on the day Andy Warhol died, in February 87, on walls in London's Soho. Referencing John Lennon's iconic 'War is Over' poster campaign of 1971, which he revisited during the Gulf War(s) as 'Jihad is Over,' creating a postcard drop with 'Don't Panic' magazine. A former art teacher he has exhibited in numerous London venues including London Post with 60's Retro Nostalgia; Freud gallery with his Dead Blonds series; Vexed Generation with the Bar-code Nudes set and in many other solo and group shows both nationally and internationally. His work has a political and satirical edge to it, often commentating on current issues. See his 'Bones for Drones' and 'Walt's World' series His last two shows were well received and his current series 'Barbed Wire Portraits' opened at the New Artists Fair ( in September. Selected pieces of this work are currently on show at The SouthGalleries ( Francis is currently working on a follow-up to his book: 'Adventures of a London Boulevardier. Excerpts from an Artists' (so-called) Life.' A diary, set in London, of a contemporary artist and his adventures in the art world as he avoids putting his new show together. ('Exploits of a London Boulevardier,' will be published Fall 2015) His previous novels featuring graffiti artist Wanksta are available from Amazon Books.