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Tobias Francis

Tobias Francis
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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)

Education:

Edinburgh College of Art, Painting BA (Hons) 2018-2021

Exeter School of Art, UAL Foundation Diploma 2017-2018

Awards:

RSA John Kinross Scholarship Award 2021

Longlisted for John Moores Painting Prize, 2020

Exhibitions/Publications:

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
Traces (5...4...3...2...1...), 176 x 167.5 x 25 cm
  • Tobias Francis
  • Traces (5...4...3...2...1...), 176 x 167.5 x 25 cm
  • Installation
Bluebird, 170 x 120 cm
  • Tobias Francis
  • Bluebird, 170 x 120 cm
  • Oil
Little Englander, 61.1 x 43.6 x 25 cm
  • Tobias Francis
  • Little Englander, 61.1 x 43.6 x 25 cm
  • Assemblage
Networks, 61 x 51 x 14 cm
  • Tobias Francis
  • Networks, 61 x 51 x 14 cm
  • Assemblage
No Show (European Super League), 170 x 115 cm
  • Tobias Francis
  • No Show (European Super League), 170 x 115 cm
  • Oil
Plus que l'Hexagone, 152 x 127 cm
  • Tobias Francis
  • Plus que l'Hexagone, 152 x 127 cm
  • Oil
Shoe Shrine Pilgramage, 151 x 61.1 cm
  • Tobias Francis
  • Shoe Shrine Pilgramage, 151 x 61.1 cm
  • Installation
Lost at Sea (Diptych), 100 x 140 cm
  • Tobias Francis
  • Lost at Sea (Diptych), 100 x 140 cm
  • Oil

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