I'm Fran

… an Edinburgh-based Maltese illustrator. My work explores ways of blending everyday life’s mundanity with the surreal, through emotional and whimsical subject matter. I specialise in the development of characters and stories for publishing, editorial and advertising, with a focus on inclusivity and mental health awareness in storytelling. I often look to 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).  I was also commissioned for my debut exhibition ‘Qatra Qatra’ (2018). I am currently reading for an MA in Illustration at the Edinburgh College of Art, where I am developing my
first original picture book. 

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
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
Currently
– 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
– 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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