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Frances Ross Art

contemporary abstract paintings

BIOGRAPHY            

2021  

Casting Wishes selected for the Abstract Open Call exhibition at the Fronteer Gallery, Sheffield September – October 2021

Road Untrodden selected for Abstract Open exhibition at the Fronteer Gallery Sheffield – December 2021

Guest House Series

Many of the paintings have been inspired by a poem by Rumi called The GUEST HOUSE which suggests that we accept all thoughts and emotions; meeting them all with courage, warmth and respect;  because they enable us to grow and mature intellectually and emotionally. Accepting the bad enhances the good.

Dancing shapes and colours create a rhythm, a visual choreography to soothe or invigorate to encourage a sense of playfulness and joy.

I always start with mixing colours until I find a combination that ‘tingles’. Often I will try to find one colour that should look awful with another. I like that discomfort, the discord. The paintings gradually reveal their identity and words or phrases will spring to mind to help to simplify and emphasis.

I work on a series of paintings at a time. My paintings are abstract, or rather non-objective in that they are not ‘from’ anything or have any subject matter. The elements of the paintings, especially the colour, are the subject. I am attempting to encourage meditation and reflection. I hope that, by looking at each work over a period of gazing, thoughts and memories will come to you, just as music evokes feelings and emotions.

I graduated in Fine Art, Painting, from Brighton Polytechnic. I have exhibited in a Southern Arts Council Touring Exhibition and worked as a studio assistant for the late Gillian Wise. I have sold work in Canada and the UK.

I have had an eclectic, unplanned, working life. I had a media phase: working for a record company and in advertising and television. That was followed by the ‘trying to be sensible, but being really miserable’, phase – desk top publishing for a bank. Finally the animal phase – running a livery yard and owning a 100 acre horse farm in Canada, oh, and I’m also trained as a dog groomer!

I have lived all over England and in the Sultanate of Oman and Canada. I currently live in North Yorkshire.

I hope you enjoy looking at my work

EDUCATION            Portsmouth Collage of Art & Design. Foundation Course

                                           Brighton Polytechnic. BA Hons in Fine Art (Painting)

BIOGRAPHY            

2021  

Casting Wishes selected for the Abstract Open Call exhibition at the Fronteer Gallery, Sheffield

2019-20

An extended period of exploration, taking many online courses and workshops including Colour, Self Portraits & Floribunda with Emily Ball and Mindful Markmaking with Ella Clocksin.  An interview with Louise Fletcher can be seen here

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=293052902328674

2006-12

Courses taken at Dundas Valley School of Art (Abstracts) and Peterborough Art School (Ceramics). Weekly ceramics classes at Practically Potty in Port Hope

Before 2006

Exhibited in a Southern Arts Touring Exhibition

Studio Assistant to the late Gillian Wise a member of the Constructivist movement

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