“…When trying out new ideas or exploring new themes, it makes sense to work on a small scale. However, I know as far as my own work is concerned, I put as much thought and effort into my small paintings as any of the bigger pieces. In fact sometimes the smaller works have a spontaneity or 'va va voom' which can be hard to replicate in larger work.
The economics of Gallery representation can make it difficult take these smaller pieces any further so I’m delighted to have found an exclusive outlet for the smaller paintings which are such a vital part of my creative output. The arrangement with BoagArt Publishing showcases work which might never have had a public viewing…”
Francis was born in Dundee and studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in the late sixties where his tutors included Alberto Morrocco and David McClure, whose influences can be readily seen in his love of vibrant colour and the sensuous application of paint.
Upon leaving university, Francis became a secondary school Art teacher. Francis continued to paint throughout a successful teaching career before he returned to higher education to undertake a MA at Grays School of Art in 2000. Developments in his work during this introspective period met with great enthusiasm in the commercial gallery market and demand for his work increased. This enabled him to leave education and become a full-time, professional artist in 2001.
Since then, Francis has worked steadily to establish himself as one of the leading figures in a new generation of “Scottish Colourists”, with his work exhibited widely throughout the UK and as far afield as Europe, Russia and the US