Artist of the moment…….Mike Francis……

This artist hails from the United Kingdom and was born in 1938 in London, England.

The artist is best known for his paintings combining the female figure with water.

A brief clip showing works from Mike Francis  from the Plus One Gallery located in London, England. The artist sells work via this gallery.

The artist lived in New York City and started his art career as an illustrator based out of Soho and Hatton Garden.  He is also the most clever artist when it comes to naming his paintings, giving the viewer a good laugh or making them think about what he is trying to portray in a certain work of art. For me the artist is far different than the many photorealists working out of London, its his use of color.  His reflection of summer sun off of a swimming pool takes the viewer the smells of summer, chlorine and sun tan lotion!

For his education attended the  St. Martins and Central School of Art in London, England.

Online and Land Based gallery: Plus One gallery London, England.

Mediums used: Watercolour, Acrylic, and Oils.

High price range:  Oil for $8,000.  Acrylics for $3,200

Low price range:  Oil for $300 in 2011 at auction. Acrylics from $1,500.

If you enjoy this artist check out the artist Hilo Chen. He also paints women on the beach with few clothes, but he adds droplets of water to them giving the figure a wonderful sense of life and the work an awesome sense of depth.

First one man show for Mike Francis took place in 1960 at the Furneux Gallery located in London, England.

In 1972 won a very prestigious award, the National Gallery of London’s 150th Anniversary Award.

A link for the artist’s own website ( much more info here on the artist! ) :

After visiting the website I found that when you view his work, he wants the viewer to slow down and take it all in. If you look closely you will be surprised at something in the painting. I enjoy most his point of view. Similar to Raphaella Spence or Stephen Wiltshire whom both travel in helicopters to find the composition. This gives them very unique views of cities that have been painted a million times like New York or Venice.

As most artist he started loving to create art at an early age, he remembers drawing all the time as a six year old. No matter if he is sick, too lazy, or too busy he makes sure to put in some easel time every day. He has finished over 500 paintings over the years.

Try a pool painting today!


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