Career

                                                                     Prizes

 

                                2006 The De Laszlo Foundation Award for Portraiture

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 

 

 

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 Cambridge, England in 1983. At the age of 18 she left England to pursue a classical training in Florence at Charles. H. Cecil Studios in 2004. She trained there for three years and continued her association with the school, by teaching there each year in the summer term from 2005 to 2011.

Frances is most influenced by 17th , 18th, and 19th century artists from Van Dyck and Velasquez to Sargent.

Frances has participated in many exhibitions including The Not the Turner Prize exhibition, the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, the Society of Women Artists, the BP Portrait Award, the Royal Society of British Artists, the Royal Society of Marine Atists and the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition, where she has shown from 2005 - 2017. And in numerous exhibitions by invitation. 

In 2009 and 2013 Frances had a solo shows in Bonhams Edinburgh.

Frances now lives in North Northumberland with her husband and two children and is busy with commission work in both portraiture and landscape.

 

Frances' curriculum vitae is here.

 

 

 

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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