Award-winning Falkirk artist sparks imaginations with his gunpowder creations

Falkirk-born Frank To has exploded onto the London art scene with his amazing gunpowder-based work engaging the interest of Star Trek star Patrick Stewart.

By James Trimble
Friday, 7th May 2021, 1:00 pm

Frank’s creations have been accepted by the prestigious Society of Graphic Fine – only one of four Scottish artists selected to exhibit for the group, whioch Art. He is

only one of four Scottish artists who have been officially selected to exhibit for the group, which celebrates only he highest draughtsmanship in drawing throughout the UK.

Frank’s unique gunpowder technique is also gaining international recognition as a leading contemporary artist amongtart critics and high-profile collectors, who include Star trek’s Captain Picard – actor Patrick Stewart who Frank is actually tutoring at the moment, revealing the secrets of this gunpowder technique.

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Falkirk-born artist Frank To is creating a stir with his gunpowder artwork

The Falkirk artist, who gained a Masters of Fine Art from Duncan of Jordanstone Art College, has had his work displayed alongside pieces by Picasso, Van Gogh and Andy Warhol.

Frank, a Fine Art BA (Hons) graduate from the University of Huddersfield, said: “For me, it’s important to highlight the importance of art practical skills, such as painting and drawing. especially within Scotland. It’s all about pushing the limits in drawing within contemporary art.

"I’m lucky to have been recognised by various royal art academies for my gunpowder work as Royal Scottish Academy and Royal Ulster Academy. For the Society of

Graphic Fine in London, I wanted to see how far I can push myself in using gunpowder to create art.

This amazing drawing by Falkirk artist Frank To was created by igniting gunpowder

"I’m delighted I am one of a small handful of Scottish artists accepted into the Society of Graphic Fine Art exhibition this year.”

The Society of Graphic Fine Art – The Drawing Society – is the only national society in the UK dedicated exclusively to drawing.

Founded in 1919, the Society promotes fine drawing skills in both traditional and contemporary media. Today the society has more than 130 elected members across Britain.

Frank’s ignited gunpowder art work goes on show in the Society of Graphic Fine Art Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y

5BD from July 5 to July 10.