My work relates the physical nature of walls to painterly concerns of representing flatness, perspective, and permanence, influenced by colour field paintings. Oil paintings and assemblage works, aim to convey a sense of suspense, depicting moments before something climatic; akin to “There (being) no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it”, as Hitchcock says. Performative notions of the fourth wall relate to the treatment of the illusory picture plane: paintings push a stage set aesthetic where the edges of each painting – like what happens behind walls- contain an anticipated form of action.
I have been awarded an RSA John Kinross scholarship, intending to use this research opportunity to broaden my interests in walls by retracing Florence’s ancient fortifications.
I am an artist based between Edinburgh and Devon (website: tobiasfrancis.com)
Edinburgh College of Art, Painting BA (Hons) 2018-2021
Exeter School of Art, UAL Foundation Diploma 2017-2018
RSA John Kinross Scholarship Award 2021
Longlisted for John Moores Painting Prize, 2020
Upcoming- Edinburgh College of Art Graduate Show 2021 (Both physical and digital forms: www.eca.ed.ac.uk/graduateshow)
Art and the Playfair Library, University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Research Collections (CRC), (Virtual Exhibition), 2020- https://www.art-playfair-library.is.ed.ac.uk/tobias-francis/
Space Jam, Reid Concert Music Hall, Edinburgh (Group Show), 2020
New Becoming Normal, Edinburgh (Group Show), 2020
Featured in Defaced Zine Issue #3: Red Zone, 2020