Mark Elliott

Contemporary Fraktur Artist

What is Fraktur?

As a contemporary fraktur artist,  I am frequently asked what is fraktur?  Fraktur are the illuminated documents of German-Americans in the 18th and 19th centuries.   I am sure most of you have seen elements of fraktur art and know them as Pennsylvania Dutch decoration.  It mostly consists of birth (Geburtschein) and baptism (Taufschein) certificates, but the decorative elements can be found on a lot of objects made in or about German-American communities.    Fraktur is generally associated with the Pennsylvania Dutch (German) culture of southeast Pennsylvania, but is also found in Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky and Tennessee as well as Ohio; anywhere there were German speaking communities.

Contemporary Fraktur

My contemporary fraktur is based on original fraktur found in Pennsylvania and Virginia, but has evolved into my own particular style.    I apply this fraktur type decoration to a lot of my objects, particularly powder horns.   I have created a lot of powder horns with fraktur decoration, including a lot with color fraktur.   You can see them among my most recent work in  Portfolio/Fraktur/Fraktur Decorated Objects.

I still do  Fraktur Documents and Fraktur Paintings along the lines of the original work including printed and hand colored, birth certificates and house blessings. However, I can do a completely custom work for you. If you want a completely orginial birth/baptism or marriage certificate, a house blessing, or a family tree, we can talk about what you want; and I will work up a price for you. I am happy to entertain most any fraktur type work and will give you a fair price.

To discuss a project and get a quote use the Contact form to send me an e-mail. I will e-mail or call to further discuss the project. Please see the FAQ for more information on purchasing custom work.  Check out Works for Sale for product currently in stock.a