Frances Bell RP
 Frances Bell RP

Career

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 studios 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 a member 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

                                                                     

Prizes given for Frances' work

 

Certificate of Excellence from Portrait Society of America 2019

 

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

The New Generation Award RSMA 2018

 

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

 

2013 The Portrait of a Woman Prize for Sheffield University

 

2011 The Barabara Tate Award SWA

         The Artist Magazine Editors Choice Award

 

2010 The Winsor and Newton Young Artist Award SWA

 

2006 The De Laszlo Foundation Award

 

 

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