About

Patrick Francis is a prolific and successful painter, with a strong style and highly confident approach. His form of portrait painting employs methods used in times long past: a directorial approach in the studio, the deconstruction of the subject, bold and expressive use of colour, and an extreme simplification of the pictorial plane.

Francis’ use of colour recalls the intensity of modernist movements such as Fauvism and German Expressionism: stripping back an image to its main components, Francis directs studio assistants to select the exact colour required for each section, adding these to more detailed under-drawings. This selective process indicates that the artist places great importance on colour, its emotive value and the power it holds within the image itself. For Francis, colour is loaded with meaning: it holds the key to the characters he paints, conveying their state of mind, their roles and their situation to the viewer. Form and contours are flattened, becoming bright planes of colour. However, subtleties also exist in the edges of these colour blocks, gentle gradations giving way to sudden changes that catch the eye and hint at the hidden depths of perspective and detail within the layers of paint.

Patrick Francis places just as much importance in the selection of his subjects as in the selection of colour used to create them. His source material is found in images of art history classics, pop culture and film icons, and other mass media material. Francis also draws from facets of his daily life in Melbourne, and his sporting and community interests.

For SafARI 2014, the works selected by the curators are based on art historical source material, and include portraits of Bette Davis as Queen Elizabeth, the Mona Lisa, Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring and a head from a Ned Kelly painting by Sidney Nolan. The jolt of recognition experienced by the viewer when coming across one of these paintings is quickly replaced by astonishment that the artist could capture the essence of such famous images with his deceptively reductive style. Francis’ deconstruction of the portrait is a way of seeking out the emotional truth of the subject: a search that distills the portrait into a purer form of representation, a portrait cleansed of its social and political implications. In Francis’ work, the individual’s essence shines through;engaging the viewer long after the initial shock of identification has passed.

Francis is a Melbourne-based artist who has been working with Arts Project Australia since 2009. His work received the Art & Australia / Credit Suisse Private Banking Contemporary Art Award in 2012, and has been shown in exhibitions nationally including at Arts Project Australia in Melbourne, Sheffer Gallery in Sydney, Tanks Art Centre in Cairns, and at the 2012 Melbourne Art Fair. In 2013, he was selected to participate in Melbourne Now at the National Gallery of Victoria. His work is also held in a number of private collections nationally.

by Christiane Keys-Statham (SafARI Curator)

Education

​Patrick Francis, 24 years, is an enthusiastic, emerging Australian artist and athlete, from a culturally and linguistically diverse background, who is autistic with an intellectual disability. He studied at Brunswick Special Developmental School where he first participated in art competitions and exhibitions in 2005, and is presently working part-time, since leaving school in 2009, at the following places :

-Arts Project Australia
-Absolutely Awetistic Arts
-Artful Dodgers Studio
-Footscray Community Arts Centre

Patrick Francis’ paintings explore aspects of his personal experience, resulting in distilled images that represent various portraits and still-life. Often utilising acrylic on paper / canvas as his chosen medium, Francis uses bold colour as an expressive tool, focusing his and the viewers' attention on key elements in his paintings whether they be portraits of his idols or drawing from life, as well as using source material taken from magazines and fine art publications. This process has allowed him to successfully develop his sensitive line, composition and application of colour, resulting in highly considered and refined drawings.

Despite inadequate communication, Patrick strives to express himself through his impressive paintings which he has exhibited in Australian and overseas galleries winning several awards, featured online and in news articles frequently.

Exhibitions

2016
Nov 14, 2016 - Jan 6, 2017 - Circle of Inclusion Exhibition, Coburg Town Hall Foyer, Coburg
Nov - Dec 2016 - IDPwD Exhibition, Crown Street Stables Cafe, Flemington
Nov - Dec 2016 - IDPwD Exhibition, Avondale Heights Library, Melbourne
Nov - Dec 2016 - IDPwD Exhibition, Stockton Gallery, Cairn Lea
Nov - Dec 2016 - IDPwD Exhibition, Sam Merrifield Library, Moonee Ponds
Nov - Dec 2016 - IDPwD Exhibition, Coburg Library, Melbourne
Apr 01 - May 31, 2016 - WAAD Exhibition, Crown Street Stables Cafe, Flemington
Apr 01 - May 31, 2016 - WAAD Exhibition, Avondale Heights Library, Melbourne
Mar 15 - May 6, 2016 - Let's Get Visual Exhibition, Coburg Town Hall Foyer, Coburg
Dec 1, 2015 - Jan 31, 2016 - IDPwD Inclusion Matters Exhibition, Coburg Library, Melbourne
Nov 26, 2015 - Jan 31, 2016 - IDPwD Empowerment Exhibition, Crown Street Stables Cafe, Flemington​
​Nov 16, 2015 - Jan 31, 2016 - Different Strokes IDPwD Exhibition, Avondale Heights Library, Moonee Valley

2015
- Patrick Francis in Bundoora Art Prize Exhibition 2015 (Dec 11, 2015 - Feb 21, 2016)
- IDPwD Access for all Abilities Exhibition, Sam Merrifield Library, Moonee Ponds
- Different Strokes IDPwD Exhibition, Avondale Heights Library, Moonee Valley
- Patrick Francis in Horse Feathers Exhibition, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
- Patrick Francis wins 4 x MIRA awards, Maribyrnong Town Hall, Footscray
- IDPwD Empowerment Exhibition, Crown Street Stables Cafe, Flemington​
- Patrick Francis in Well Red Exhibition, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
- WOW Exhibition, Arts Access, Sunshine Art Spaces Gallery, Sunshine
- Awetism Rainbow Exhibition, Avondale Heights Library, Melbourne
- Patrick Francis & Friends Exhibition, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
- Patrick Francis in Salon Exhibition, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
- Annual Gala Exhibition, Arts Project Australia Gallery, Melbourne
- Moonee Valley Festival Exhibition, Norwood Gallery, Keilor East
- A Voice of our own Exhibition, Moonstone Art Gallery, St Albans
- Transforming Futures Exhibition, APAC Conference, Brisbane
- "On Air" ArtLife Exhibition, Roslyn Smorgon Gallery, Footscray
- Art from the Heart Exhibition, Coburg Town Hall, Melbourne
- Sport Art Exhibition, Crown Street Stables Cafe, Flemington
- Awetism Exhibition, Sam Merrifield Library, Moonee Ponds
- After... Exhibition, Arts Project Australia Gallery, Northcote
- Equality for all Exhibition, Clover Gallery, St Albans
- IDPwD Inclusion Matters Exhibition, Coburg Library
- Chennai Art Exhibition, Tamilnadu, India​
- Tirpur Art Fair, Tamilnadu, India

2014
- Lesley & Patrick Francis win Victorian Young Achievers Award 2014 - Coffee Club Arts Award
- Patrick Francis wins Aspect National Inspiration Award, Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Sydney
- Patrick Francis, Arts Project featured artist, Melbourne Art Fair, Royal Exhibition Building
- Achieve Your Dream Exhibition, Splash Gallery, Phoenix Youth Centre, Footscray
- Patrick Francis at SafARI 2014, Sydney Biennale, The Corner Cooperative
- Patrick Francis at Melbourne Now Exhibition, National Gallery of Victoria, Federation Square
- Light it up Blue for Autism Exhibition, Clocktower Centre, Moonee Ponds
- Expressions Exhibition, Splash Gallery, Phoenix Youth Centre, Footscray
- Face 2 Face Exhibition, the Portrait Show, Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney
- Winners Victorian Premier's Multicultural Award for Excellence 2014
- Art & Australia Collection 2003-2013 National Travelling Exhibition 2014
featuring Patrick Francis paintings : Napoleon and Ned Kelly :
a) Art Gallery of Ballarat
b) Dubbo Regional Gallery
c) Victoria, Gippsland Art Gallery
d) Queensland, Ipswich Art Gallery
- Connected Exhibition, Yarra Gallery, Federation Square, Melbourne
- Human Rights Exhibition, Avondale Heights Library, Moonee Valley
- Patrick Francis Solo Exhibition, Little Woods Gallery, Collingwood
- Awetism Exhibition, Aspect, Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Sydney
- Retrospective Exhibition, Clocktower Centre, Moonee Ponds
- Patrick Francis Solo Exhibition, Arts Project Australia Gallery
- IDPwD Exhibition, Sam Merrifield Library, Moonee Ponds
- Annual Gala Exhibition, Arts Project Australia, Melbourne
- Time & Tide Exhibition, Moonstone Art Gallery, St Albans
- Abstracts Exhibition, Moonstone Art Gallery, St Albans
- Dignity for All Exhibition, Clover Gallery, St Albans
- Creative HeARTS Exhibition, Coburg Town Hall

2013
- Melbourne Now Exhibition, The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Melbourne
-Athlete & Artist Exhibition, Splash Gallery, Phoenix Youth Centre, Footscray
-Art & Australia Collection 2003-2013 National Travelling Exhibition,
featuring Patrick Francis paintings : Napoleon and Ned Kelly :
a) Newcastle Art Gallery, NSW
b) Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre
- Annual Gala Exhibition, Arts Project Australia Gallery, Melbourne
- Poetic Paintings Exhibition, Incinerator Gallery, Moonee Ponds
- ADEC Artability Exhibition, Federation Square, Melbourne
- Exit, pursed by a bear Exhibition, Sheffer Gallery, Sydney
- At the Table Exhibition, Arts Project Australia, Melbourne
- Classic Albums Exhibition, Tanks Art Centre, Cairns, QLD
- IDPwD Open Doors Exhibition, Clover Gallery, St Albans
- WAAD Exhibition, Moonstone Art Gallery, St Albans
- Inspirations Exhibition, Coburg Town Hall, Coburg
- Patrick Francis at Third Drawer Down

2012
- Patrick Francis wins Art & Australia / Credit Suisse Contemporary Art Award
- Art & Australia Collection 2003-2013 Exhibition, Newcastle Art Gallery, NSW​
​- Classic Albums Exhibition, Arts Project Australia Gallery, Melbourne
- Walsh Bay Arts Table 2012 Exhibition, the Wharf – Pier 2, Sydney
- Annual Gala Exhibition, Arts Project Australia Gallery, Melbourne​
- Out of the Blue Exhibition, Sheffer Gallery, Darlington, Sydney
- Melbourne Art Fair 2012, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne
- IDPwD Break Barriers Exhibition, Clover Gallery, St Albans
- ADEC Artability Exhibition, Federation Square, Melbourne
- IDPwD Exhibition, Riverside Golf Course, Ascot Vale
- WAAD Exhibition, Moonstone Art Gallery, St Albans
- Wasaboshi Exhibition, Bangkok, Thailand
- Access Arts Exhibition, Queensland

2011
- Movement & Emotion Exhibition, Arts Project Australia Gallery, Melbourne
- This Sensual World Exhibition, Arts Project Australia Gallery, Melbourne
- IDPwD Action in Development Exhibition, Norwood Gallery, Keilor East
- IDPwD - A Better World for All Exhibition, Clover Gallery, St Albans
- National Gallery of Victoria 150th Birthday Exhibition, Melbourne
- ADEC Artability Exhibition, Federation Square, Melbourne
- Connected 11 Exhibition, No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne
- Annual Gala Exhibition, Arts Project Australia, Melbourne
- WAAD Exhibition, Moonstone Art Gallery, St Albans

2010
- Annual Gala Exhibition, Arts Project Australia Gallery, Melbourne
- IDPwD Full Participation Exhibition, Clover Gallery, St Albans
- Sweet Relief Exhibition, Arts Project Australia, Melbourne
- Connected 10 Exhibition, No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne
- ADEC Artability Summer Exhibition, Federation Square
- Annecto Open Windows Exhibition, Boxhill Town Hall
- WAAD Exhibition, Moonstone Art Gallery, St Albans
- Rob McNamara Exhibition, Collingwood Gallery
- IDPwD Exhibition, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India

2009
- ADEC Artability Home Exhibition, Federation Square, Melbourne
- IDPwD Independent Living Exhibition, Clover Gallery, St Albans
- IDPwD Sustainable Livelihoods Exhibition, Chennai, India
- Annual Gala Exhibition, Arts Project Australia, Melbourne
- WAAD Exhibition, Moonstone Art Gallery, St Albans

​Collections - Private Collections

Press

- Patrick Francis in Sydney Morning Herald, Spectrum Now
- Lesley & Patrick Francis - Books on Amazon.com
- Star Siblings in Victorian Young Achiever Awards - Brimbank Leader
- Patrick Francis in Art Month Sydney
- Patrick Francis on Raven
- Patrick Francis wins Angels of the Street Award, St Kilda
- Awetistic Optimistic by Swati Bhargav - Indian Link
- Patrick Francis wins Mayoral Art Award
- Patrick Francis on Backyard Opera
- Patrick Francis on Amazon
- Lesley & Patrick Francis win State Carer Awards
- Patrick Francis on Art Blart

Influences

Baroque art, Vincent Van Gogh, Diego Velazquez, Goya.
Email : [email protected]
Web : patrick-francis.weebly.com

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