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Fran Richardson
Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom

pages 136-137

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Concerned with the dialogue between corporeal and psychological space the work is a visual enquiry into our sense of reality, exploring the nature of perception and representation in relation to the domestic interior through drawing, painting, and photography. Central to the work is a fascination with the notion of reverie, which informs the creation of a fictional realm located between waking and dreaming where memory undermines the certainties associated with the visual language of realism. The strange placement of unusual objects and architectural features within the shifting diaphanous space creates a subtly discordant awkwardness that transcends the conventions of representation and the everyday. The domestic interior becomes estranged from the real, slipping into an unhomely reflection of the human psyche or the projection of a fleeting emotional experience.


born: 1974, England


City & Guilds of London Art School, MA Fine Art, 2006
City & Guilds of London Art School, BA (Hons) Fine Art, 2005
City & Guilds of London Art School, Art & Design Foundation Diploma, 2002

selected awards/honors

Boundary Prize for Figurative Art, 2006
Nationwide Mercury Prize, 2006

selected solo or two-person exhibits

Bristol Drawing School: Drawing Interiors, Bristol, United Kingdom, 2008

selected group shows

Royal West of England Academy: Drawing Room II, Bristol, United Kingdom, 2009
Aspex: Acquire, Portsmouth, United Kingdom, 2008
Beverley Knowles Fine Art at the London Art Fair, London, United Kingdom, 2008 and 2007
Sartorial Contemporary Art: Notting Heaven, London, United Kingdom, 2007

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