Hi! I'm Fran, an illustrator and picturebook maker.

I illustrate whimsical and emotional stories and characters for picture books and visual narratives. The themes surrounding inclusivity, mental health and wellbeing in my illustrations, are aspects that have recently become an important part of my practice. I often combine my illustrative work with material such as textiles and paper cutting as an additional layer for my storytelling.

I have so far illustrated 4 children’s books including a Maltese adaptation of ‘The House that Sneezed’ (2020) and the sixth book in the award-winning, Maltese children’s fiction series of ‘Irvin Vella, Virtual Investigator’ (2021).

Drop me an email for more information on commissions and any enquiries, I’d love to hear from you!

Selected Clients & Collaborations

Publications (Illustration)
2021 – Irvin Vella: Il-Każ tat-Tfajla Maħtufa.
Published by Merlin Publishers
2020 – Il-Kaxxa tal-Memorji.
2020 – Il-Familja Frattarija. Published by Merlin Publishers
2017 – K-T-B. Published by Merlin Publishers

Exhibitions
2022 –
Edinburgh College of Art Graduate Show (MA Illustration)
2021 – The 20s Take Two. 
Online exhibition, ARTZID, Christine X Gallery Malta
2020 – ARTNA. Online exhibition, Malta Community of Illustrators
2019 – The Levi’s Trucker Jacket Design Contest. Malta
2018 – QATRA QATRA. Café Society, Valletta, Malta
2017 – DISTORJA. MARIE Gallery5, BFA in Digital Arts Course, University of Malta

Education
2022
– Masters in Illustration at the Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh
2017 – Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) in Digital Arts at the University of Malta

Awards and Achievements
2020 – Featured in the Malta Illustrator’s Annual 2020
2017 – 1st Place at the Literary Art Contest at the National Book Festival in Malta

Press
Myth of Celtic Goddess Inspires Festival Artwork: BBC – June 2022
Belladrum reveal the Cailleach by winning artist Francesca Grech: the Inverness Courier – May 2022
– Meet Illustrator and Digital Artist Francesca Grech : ARTZ ID – July 2021
Artwork featured in GOLDFOIL MagazineMarch 2021
10 Upcoming Female Artists to Look Out for on the Network : ARTZ ID – March 2021
Artwork featured in OVERDUE MagazineFeb 2021
‘Il-Familja Frattarija’ : Malta Community of Illustrators – Illustrators Annual 2020
‘The Balcony in C-Major’ : Bologna Children’s Online Special Edition Book Fair 2020, Online Illustrators Wall – May 2020
‘These 8 Up-And-Coming Visual Artists are Taking Malta by Storm’ : Lovin Malta – August 2019
‘Are You What You Drink?’ : Times of Malta by Jessica Arena – November 2018

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