In his paintings, Mark Francis is concerned with making the hidden visible. Paintings of unique optical intensity - powerful, seemingly abstract compositions of concentrated patterns and strong color contrasts, which are mainly based on what the human eye lacks in sight without technical assistance.Read More
His motifs come from microscopic images of the smallest organic material, visual worlds that were made accessible through the penetration of the matter by an electron microscope. But he also used graphical recordings of sound waves and data received by radio telescopes as visual reference points to map distant zones of the cosmos. Through mapping, Francis explores the terms chaos and order and explores how apparently chaotic and random formations relate to a larger, almost incomprehensible logical connection.
Mark Francis was born in Newtownards, Northern Ireland, in 1962 and studied painting at St. Martin's School of Art (1980-85) before going to the Chelsea School of Art, where he completed his Master of Arts in painting in 1986.
Lives and works in London.
Text courtesy Bernhard Knaus Fine Art.