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Atmosphere, strength, and haunting mystery

The work of Frances Ackland-Snow is forged from her memories of landscapes and places that have touched her. Inspired by the elements, particularly the ever-changing turbulent English skies, she explores those fleeting moments that makes you gasp when the light shines through the clouds.

The passion and power she achieves through her vigorous brushwork, use of multilayered and textured paints and rich colour palette imbues her work with a dark romanticism. She uses anything from traditional oils to spray paint to nail varnish; if it offers the colour or texture she is looking for, she will use it. She also frequently embellishes her work with copper filings or gold or bronze leaf.

Frances grew up in an extremely artistic world. Her childhood was populated by vast landscapes, life size dolls’ houses, magical kingdoms and the enchanted worlds of children’s television. Her mother was a set designer for the BBC and her father owned one of the first ever scenery businesses for television and made the first Tardis for Dr Who. As a child Frances used to play inside models of Daleks, behind the scenes on East Enders sets or in the Blue Peter Garden.

Frances completed a Fine Art Foundation Course at Oxford before specialising in painting at Brighton University where she achieved a first class degree in Fine Art Painting. Unsurprisingly, she herself became a scenic painter with the BBC, where her technical skill and flexibility of approach was honed under immense time pressures to fulfil the diverse creative visions of the directors on set. She went on to develop her career as a fine artist and has since enjoyed great commercial and critical success. Her work is widely exhibited across the UK and Europe and her paintings are in private collections around the world.

Atmosphere, strength, and haunting mystery

The work of Frances Ackland-Snow is forged from her memories of landscapes and places that have touched her. Inspired by the elements, particularly the ever-changing turbulent English skies, she explores those fleeting moments that makes you gasp when the light shines through the clouds.

The passion and power she achieves through her vigorous brushwork, use of multilayered and textured paints and rich colour palette imbues her work with a dark romanticism. She uses anything from traditional oils to spray paint to nail varnish; if it offers the colour or texture she is looking for, she will use it. She also frequently embellishes her work with copper filings or gold or bronze leaf.

Frances grew up in an extremely artistic world. Her childhood was populated by vast landscapes, life size dolls’ houses, magical kingdoms and the enchanted worlds of children’s television. Her mother was a set designer for the BBC and her father owned one of the first ever scenery businesses for television and made the first Tardis for Dr Who. As a child Frances used to play inside models of Daleks, behind the scenes on East Enders sets or in the Blue Peter Garden.

Frances completed a Fine Art Foundation Course at Oxford before specialising in painting at Brighton University where she achieved a first class degree in Fine Art Painting. Unsurprisingly, she herself became a scenic painter with the BBC, where her technical skill and flexibility of approach was honed under immense time pressures to fulfil the diverse creative visions of the directors on set. She went on to develop her career as a fine artist and has since enjoyed great commercial and critical success. Her work is widely exhibited across the UK and Europe and her paintings are in private collections around the world.