Frances Bell RP AROI
In her portraiture work Frances Bell paints from life, using the sight-size technique, over a few sittings. The artist is happy to travel to sittings but she does have a studio which can accommodate visitors for sittings also.
Bell also loves landscape and wildlife painting, having had a lifetime of living rurally to observe and immerse herself in the natural world. Bell is greatly inspired by the world's wilder spaces, as well as the interaction between animals that we farm and wild animals in our shared environment. The North of England provides so much to observe, and a great variety of texture and light, so Bell finds an abundance of subjects for her work.
Frances Bell was born in Cambridge in 1983. At the age of eighteen, she left England to pursue a classical training in Florence at Charles. H. Cecil Studios. After completing her training, Bell maintained a connection with the Art School by teaching there from 2005 to 2011. The artist has participated in many exhibitions and has had solo shows in Bonhams, Edinburgh. She has also been featured in, and written, a range of articles, including pieces on commissioning and sight-size for The Artist Magazine. Bell now lives in North Northumberland with her husband and two children; her time is spent completing commissioned portraiture and landscape work.
Society of Women Artists
Her awards include the De Laszlo Foundation Award through the Royal Society of Portrait Painters’s exhibition in 2006, the Winsor and Newton Young Artist Award in 2010 and then in 2011 was awarded the Barbara Tate Award, and The Artist Editor’s Choice Award both through the SWA. In 2014 she won the Sheffield University Portrait of a Woman Award. Frances won The Winsor & Newton Young Artist Award, First Prize at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters in 2017 and The RSMA New Generation Award in 2018.
in 2021 she was awarded the William Lock Portrait Prize at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition.
Solo Exhibition at Bonhams, 2009 and 2013.
SWA exhibiton from 2010.
ROI exhibition 2009.
BP Portrait Award 2012.
Frances was discussed in her involvement of the BP Portrait Award 2012, by Brian Sewell.