Moved by Impressionism, brush mark and colour. Everything’s possible, when we delve into the romance of figures and gardens, we find it all.
Francesca Owen is an award winning contemporary fine art painter and is a former Slade graduate, living in West Penwith, Cornwall, close to St Ives.
Francesca has had a successful few years, with work submitted to the Hampstead Arts Society Summer Competition, she was selected out of over 900 applicants. Tatler magazine selected her paintings in, ‘the Artist curates’, section of the Jan, Feb and March issues. In the Autumn she was selected for the first time at the Affordable Art Fair and her worked was displayed on the Kings Road in central London.
The residency at Tremenheere Sculpture Park had the greatest impact, spending a whole year painting in the garden culminated in the solo show, ‘The Triumph of Love’.
‘Moved by Impressionism, brush marks and colours. Everything is possible on canvas, and that is why I paint. When we delve deep into the romance of gardens and figures, we can find it all.’
Over her whole life Francesca has always painted, ‘I suppose I’ve always painted. In some way or another painting has always been in my life, I was brought up with strange props for my mother’s display work and they were in every room in our house. Things like. . . flowers, puppets, mannequins with missing arms and legs, and a lot of old junk that my mother used in her display work, she made us help out a lot so we had to paint on canvas and board, we had to paint shop and forest scenes for the displays and so these were in our families everyday life and when I was young and that influenced me a great deal… ’
These types of journeys continue to deepen Francesca’s experience of life and a lot of time is spent in the studio or in gardens and travels where stories are thought up and developed in this way into paintings.
At the studio complex, along with other contributing artists, you will find Francesca’s paintings displayed outside in the courtyard and inside her studio. Paintings vary from small to large bespoke pieces in themes of gardens and figures.