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Mark Francis
Biography

Biography


Born 1962 in Newtownards, Co. Down, Northern Ireland
Lives and works in London

Study

1981 - 85
BA St. Martins College of Art, London

1985 - 86
MA Chelsea School of Art, London

Solo Exhibitions

2021
Bernhard Knaus Fine Art, Frankfurt am Main
Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto, IT

2019
Gallery Forsblom, Helsinki, FI
White Light, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, IR

2018
Spectra, Luca Tomassi Arte Contemporanea, Milan, IT

2017
Mark Francis and Alexis Harding: The Extended Field; Luca Tomassi Arte Contemporanea, Milan, IT

2016
Galeria Pelaires, Palma, Mallorca, ES

2014
Evidence of Absence, Dirimart, Istanbul, TR

2013
Calibrate, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, IR

2012
Gallery Forsblom, Helsinki, FI

2011
Mark Francis, Galeria Pelaires, Palma, Mallorca, ES

2010
Gallery Thomas Schulte, Berlin, GER
Arena, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Cumbria, GB

2009
Field, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, IR

2008
Pulse Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, IR
Galerie Stadtpark, Krems, AT
Galerie Wilma Lock, St. Gallen, CH
Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki, FI

2007
Gallery Thomas Schulte, Berlin, GER
Galeria Pelaires, Palma, Mallorca, ES

2006
Pendulum, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, IR
Frontier, Patrick de Brock Gallery, Knokke, BE

2005
Gallery Forsblom, Helsinki, FI
Galerie Wilma Lock, St. Gallen, CH

2004
Gallery Thomas Schulte, Berlin, GER
Maureen Paley/Interim Art, London, GB
Marlborough Graphics, London, GB

2003
Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, IR
Drawings, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, GER

2002
Galerie Wilma Lock, St Gallen, CH
Gallery Anne de Villepoix, Paris, F

2001
New Paintings, Galerie Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgart, GER

2000
Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, IR
Maureen Paley/Interim Art, London, GER
Elements, Milton Keynes Gallery, London, GER

1999
Mary Boone Gallery, New York, GER
Kohji Ogura Gallery, Nagoya, JP
Galerie Wilma Lock, St. Gallen, CH

1998
Kohn Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Maureen Paley/Interim Art, London, GB
Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris, F

1997
Galerie Martina Detterer, Frankfurt am Main, GER
Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, IR
Mary Boone Gallery, New York, USA

1996
Terra Nova – New Territories, Harewood House, Leeds, UK
Bloom Gallery, Amsterdam, NL
Galerie Anne de Villepoix , Paris, F

1995
Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, IR
Maureen Paley/Interim Art, London, GB
Galerie Thieme+Pohl, Darmstadt, GER
City Art Gallery, Manchester, UK

1994
Maureen Paley/Interim Art, London, GB

1992
Jill George Gallery, London, GB

1990
Thumb Gallery, London, GB

Group Exhibitions

2020
MULTILAYER. VISION 20/20, Raum Schroth in the Museum Wilhelm Morgner, Soest, GER

2019
Object Meditation, After Nyne Gallery, London, UK

2017
Abstract Painting Now, Kunsthalle Krems, AT
The Underlying Shape, Floss and Schultz, Cologne, GER
Painting Black, Museum Wilhelm Morgner, Foundation of Conceptual Art, Soest, GER

2016
5 Years at Heddon Street, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London, UK
The Pattern Reveals Itself, Claudia Weil Galerie, Friedberg-Rinnenthal, GER

2015
Strukturen Project, Newlyn Art Gallery, The Exchange, Penzance

2014
Strukturen Projekt, Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven, GER

2012
Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, IR
Means without Ends, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London, UK

2011
Lets Party For A Piece Of Art, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, GER
Creating the New Century – Contemporary Art from the Dicke Collection, Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art (FCMOCA), Fort Collins, CO, USA
Kesä – Sommar – Summer 2011, Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki, FI
Group show 2011, Sala Pelaires, Palma de Mallorca, ES
LITOS GRAFERA, Kunst Centret Silkeborg Bad, Silkeborg
Joao Ferreira Gallery Collection 2011, João Ferreira Gallery, Cape Town

2010
Cream – Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki
Summer 2010, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, IR
Next Generation, Einblicke in junge Ostschweizer Privatsammlungen, Kunstmuseum St.Gallen, CH
Don’t Piss on Me and Tell Me it’s Raining, Apexart, New York City, NY, USA
Abstract Vision Now, Art + Art Gallery, Moscow, RU, with Ian Davenport, Peter Halley and Dan Walsh
Spatial Dimensions, Galerie de Brock, Knokke, BE

2009
Concrete, The Collection of Heinz and Annette Teufel, Kunstmuseum, Stuttgart, GER
Into Irish Drawing, Limerick City Gallery of Art, IR
Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, F
AkkuH Aktuele Kunst Hengelo, Hengelo, NL
Summer Abstract Group Show – Galleria Rubin, Milan, IT
summa summarum, Galerie Wilma Lock, St. Gallen, CH
Edition Copenhagen, Retrospective 1959 – 2009 – Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, DK

2008
C ad hoc, Galerie Wilma Lock, St. Gallen, CH
Abstraction, João Ferreira Gallery, Cape Town
Spore Atomi Stelle, Galleria L’Attico, Rome, IT
10,000 to 50: Contemporary Art from the Members of Business to Arts, Irish Museum of Modern Art – IMMA, Dublin, IR
Celebrating 20 year, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, IR
What lies beneath the surface – Irish Museum of Modern Art, IMMA, Dublin, IR
For the Spirit, From the UBS Art Collection, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
Contemporary Graphics, Galerie & Edition Bode, Nuremberg, GER
Genesis, Die Kunst der Schöpfung, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern, CH

2007
Die Kunst zu sammeln, Museum Kunst Palast. Düsseldorf, GER
ART FUTURES, Bloomberg SPACE, London, UK
Painting in the Noughties, Letterkenny Arts Centre
Heads Figures and Ideas 2007, Osborne Samuel, London

2006
Monochromed, The Fine Art Society, London, UK

2005
Lines and Traces, Galerie Bernhard Knaus, Mannheim, GER
ART FUTURES, Bloomberg SPACE, London, GER
The Hardest Thing to Draw is a Kiss, Wimbledon School of Art, London, UK
After the Thaw, AIB Art Collection, Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork, IR
Size Matters, Arts Council England Touring Collections, UK

2004
In the Time of Shaking, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, IR
ARTfutures 2004 – City of London School, London
La Colmena – Galeria de Fundaciíon/Coleccion Jumex, Mexico City, MX

2003
Before & After Science, Marella Arte Contemporanea, Milan, IT

2002
Jerwood Drawing Prize 2002, Jerwood Space, London, GB
Dublin 7 Educate Together, Dublin, IR
Leopold + Rudolf Blaschka, Design Museum, London & touring ‘The Rowan Collection’, IMMA, Dublin, IR
‘Eight New Paintings’, Kerlin Gallery Dublin, including Callum Innes, Sean Scully + more
Prospects Drawing Prize, Essor Project Space, London, UK
John Moores 22, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK

2001
Irish Art Now, IMMA. Dublin, IR
Fluid, Wolverhampton City Art Gallery, Wolverhampton, UK
Galerie Wilma Lock, St. Gallen, CH

2000
Shifting Ground: Fifty Years of Irish Art’, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, IR
‘Irish Art Now: From the Poetic to the Political’,Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, USA
‘Premio Michetti’: Europe, different perspectives in painting, Museo Michetti, Francavilla al Mare, Italy ‘In the Mind’s Sky’, Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Claremont, California The Wreck of Hope, The Nunnery Gallery, London
Zero Zero Four Four,Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork; Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast, IR
The Saatchi Gift, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, UK

1999
‘Irish Art Now: From the Poetic to the Political’, McMullen Museum of Art, Boston
College; Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
drei positionen in der malerei, Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgart, GER
Macro-Micro, Contemporary Painters Negotiate Small Truths, University of Texas (Blanton Museum of Art)
Zero Zero Four Four, PS1, New York and Allbright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, USA
POSTMARK: An Abstract Effect, Site Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
‘A Quiet Storm, Painting in Abstraction’, Kohn/Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

1998
post Naturam – nach der Natur, Stadt Münster, GER
Sensation – Saatchi Collection, Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, GER
Galleria Emilio Mazzoli, Modena, IT

1997
Interior, Maureen Paley/Interim Art, London, Gb
Surface, GOW Langsford, Auckland, NZ
Sensation – Saatchi Collection, Royal Academy of Art, London, GB
Beau Geste, Angles Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Residue, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, IR
Nat West Painting Prize, London, GB

1996
Absolut Vision, New British Painting in the 1990’s, M.O.M.A., Oxford Scattering Matrix, curated by Jane Hart
Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica
Black, Grey & White, Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer, Düsseldorf, GER
Microscopic territories, Harewood House Trust, Harewood British Abstract Art III, Flowers East Gallery, London
Whitechapel Open, London
IMMA/Glen Dimplex Artists Award exhibition, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
Mary Boone Gallery, New York. (Mark Francis, Leonardo Drew, Oliver Herring)

1995
Testing the Water, Tate Gallery, Liverpool, UK
Voyage Anglais, Rheimes, France John Moores, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK
From Here, Karsten Schubert/Waddington Galleries, London, UK
Painters’ Opinion, Bloom Gallery, Amsterdam, NL
The Adventure of Painting, Kunstvereins Düsseldorf and Stuttgart, GER

1994
Human Nature, Mark Francis & Brad Lochore Herve Mikaeloff, Paris, F
The Curator’s Egg, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London, UK
New Modern British Paintings (1988 – 1994), Richard Salmon Ltd., London, UK
East 1994, Norfolk Institute of Art & Design, Norwich, UK
Paintmarks, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, UK
Unveiled, Cornerhouse, Manchester
Europa 94, Munich Order Centre, Munich
Whitechapel Open, London

1993
Recent Acquisitions, Tate Gallery, London
An Undiscovered Country; 10 Abstract Painters, curated by Charles Hall, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, Ikon Touring Exhibition
Snap Shots, curated by Anthony Wilkinson, Eagle Gallery, London
A Decade of Collecting, Tate Gallery, London
International Print Exhibition, Tokyo
Whitechapel Open, London

1992
South Bank Show, Royal Festival Hall, London
British Art comes to St. Helena, St Helena (selected by Mary Rose Beaumont)
Twelve Stars, European Parliment Exhibition, Belfast, Edinburgh, London, Zurich, Brussels

1990
Four Painters, New Academy, London
Bonhams Contemporary Auction, London
Whitechapel Open, London

1989
Christie’s New Contemporaries, Royal College of Art, London

1986
4 New Painters, Paton Gallery, London
ILEA class of ’86, Royal Festival Hall, London
On the Wall Gallery, Belfast.

1985
Another View of Ireland, Irish Artists in London
Athena International Awards, Mall Galleries, London
Riverside Open, Riverside Studios, London

1984
Stowells Trophy, Royal Academy of Arts, London
Summer Group Show, Tom Caldwell Gallery, London

1983
Summer Show, Tom Caldwell Gallery, Dublin
New Contemporaries, The Mall Gallery, London

Awards

1997
Public Art Development Trust: Mark Francis / Nicky Hirst

1996
IMMA/Glen Dimplex Artists Award, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

1993
Grand Prize Tokyo International Print Exhibition

Collections

ACC Bank, Dublin
Allied Irish Bank
Anglo Irish Bank
Arts Council of England
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
American Express Collection
Bank of Ireland
Bank of America, Dublin
Bank of Scotland, Dublin
British Credit Trust, Slough
British Council, London
Caldic Collection, Amsterdam
Cleveland Clinic Art Foundation Program, Lyndhurst, Ohio
Chelmsford Borough Council
Contemporary Arts Society, London
Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork
de Young Memorial Museum San, Francisco
Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan
Deutsche Bank, Germany
Deutsche Morgan Grenfell, London
Dublin City Gallery
The Hugh Lane
The Economist
European Parliament, Brussels
General Mills Inc.
Goldman Sachs International, London
Government Art Collection, London
The Hallmark Art Collection, Hallmark Cards, Inc., Kansas City, Missouri
Hammersmith & Fulham Education Authority
Heytesbury Holdings, Australia
IIB Bank, Dublin
Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, New Jersey
KIASMA Museum of Contemporary Art Helsinki, FI
Lambert Collection, Zurich
Leicester Education Authority
Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum
Machida City Museum Of Graphic Art, Tokyo
Manchester City Art Gallery, Manchester
Matheson Ormsby Prentice, Dublin
Mead Gallery, Warwick University
Merrill Lynch & Co, Inc., New York
Merrill Lynch International Bank, London
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Microsoft Art Collection, Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, Washington
State Museum of Modern Art, Miami
Nat West Group Art Collection, London
Neuberger Berman, A Lehman Brothers company New York
Public Library, New York
The Rowan Collection, Belfast
Saatchi Collection, London
Sarah Hilden Art Museum, Tampere, FI
Southampton City Art Gallery
Simmons & Simmons, London
Stanhope Properties Plc
The Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri
St. Peters College, Oxford
Tate Gallery, London
UBS Art Collection, CH
Ulster Museum, Belfast
Unilever Plc, London
University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Wellmark BlueCross Blue Shield Corporate Art Collection, Des Moines, Iowa

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