Career

                                                                     

Prizes

 

2006 The De Laszlo Foundation Award

 

2010 The Winsor and Newton Young Artist Award SWA

 

2011 The Barabara Tate Award SWA

         The Artist Magazine Editors Choice Award

 

2013 The Portrait of a Woman Prize for Sheffield University

 

2017 Highly Commended for the De Laszlo Foundation Award at RBA 

Winsor and Newton Young Artist Awards First Prize at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters

 

2018 Certificate of Excellence from the Portrait Society of America

Shortlisted for Artist of the Year Award for Artist and Illustrated Magazine.

 Highly Commended for The de Lazslo Foundation Award at RSPP

 

Elected to membership of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters in 2018

 

2018

Aritst and Illustrated Artist of the Year Award Exhibition

Certificate of Excellence Portrait Society of America

Sky Portrait Artist of the Year for Sky Arts

Mod Portrait 2017, Barcelona

Recommended entry for Jackson Open Painting Prize

Royal Society of Portrait Painters

Royal Society of Marine Artists

 

 

2017

The Royal Society of British Artists

The Royal Society of Portrait Painters

Fresh Paint Exhibition

The Society of Women Artists

 The Royal Society of Marine Artists

 The Society of Wildlife Artists

The Royal Institute of Oil Painters 

 

2016

The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition 

The Society of Women Artists Exhibition

The Royal Society of Marine Artists

The Royal Institute of Oil Painters 

 

2015

The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition 

The Ruth Borchard Self Portraiture Prize

The Society of Women Artists

Through Your Eyes

 

2014

The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition

 

2013

The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition

Society of Women Artists Annual Exhibition

Solo Show of Recent Work, Bonhams, Edinburgh

 

2012

The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition by invitation of Susan Ryder

Exhibition at DunsCastle, Duns for Artamatoria

Selection for BP Portrait Awards 2012

Festival Exhibition at Edinburgh Gallery

Society of Women Artist Annual Exhibition

 

2011

The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition

Became a Candidate for Membership for The Royal Society of Portrait Painters

Became a Member of The Society of Women Artists

Awarded the Barbara Tate Award

Suzanne Drysdale’s Young Artist Exhibition, Fife

Treasured Exhibition at Coldstream Gallery

 

2010

The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition

Exhibition at DunsCastle, Duns for Artamatoria

Society of Women Artists Annual Exhibition

Festival Exhibition at Edinburgh Gallery

Suzanne Drysdale’s Young Artist Exhibition, Fife

Morton Hall Exhibition

 

2009

The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition

Festival Exhibition at Edinburgh Gallery

Exhibition at Bonhams, Edinburgh (solo)

 

2008

The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition

Festival Exhibition at Edinburgh Gallery

Work placed at Rowels Fine Art, Welshpool

 

2007

The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition

Work placed at Gormleys Fine Art, Dublin

 

2006

The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition, awarded the De Laszlo Foundation Award

Exhibition at Rathbones Bank, Edinburgh

 

 2005

The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition

 

2004

The Not The Turner Prize

Exhibition at British Institute, Florence for HRH Prince Charles

Exhibition at FloorsCastle, Kelso

 

Schooling

Queen Margarets School York 1995 - 2001

Charles Cecil Studios, Florence 2001 - 2004

 

 

 

Frances was born in 1983, and raised in Suffolk. After developing an early interest

in drawing and painting, she then pursued art and art history at school. At aged 18 she

made her way to Florence to pursue a classical training at Charles. H. Cecil

Studios in 2001 for 3 years, and then taught sproadically at the Charles Cecil, for a futher 7 summers.

 

Since the completion of her training Frances has been a full time professional

portrait and landscape painter and has participated in many exhibitions

including Royal Institute of Oil Painters, the BP

Portrait Award, the Royal Society of British Artists, the Royal Society of

Marine Artists, The Society of Wildlife Artists, the Society of Women Artists and the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition, where she has shown since 2005.

 

Frances is amember of the RP and the SWA.

 

“The themes of my work largely revolve around what I observe in life and find captivating, ranging from formal portraits to farm life and landscapes of many kinds. The main

nugget of interest is often a transcendent moment of atmosphere, whether

the light over a field, or the tilt of a head. I think I attempt to pursue what

seems to convey most about our environment and human nature in the

simple subjects that surround us."

 

 

 

 

Frances has also featured in some magazine articles, and on two occasions written an article for The Artist Magazine about her method of Sight-size, and commission painting.

 

A favourable review of Frances' work by Brian Sewell.

 

http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/exhibitions/wrong-on-so-many-levels-brian-sewell-on-the-bp-portrait-award-7938256.html

 

 

Masterclass Article by Oliver Lange

 

http://www.painters-online.co.uk/Features/Focus-and-Rhythm---Oil-Paintings-by-Frances-Bell/_ft416

 

 

 

Frances'articles on Sight-size and commission painting in The Artist Magazine.

 

  http://www.painters-online.co.uk/articles-tips-advice/view,portrait-commissions-with-frances-bell_16228.htm

 

http://www.painters-online.co.uk/articles-tips-advice/view,how-to-use-the-classical-method-of-sight-size-for-modern-portraiture_5332.htm

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