Frances Gynn

About the artist

Frances Gynn
Frances Gynn

Kingsbridge
Devon
United Kingdom

    Galleries

    The Mall Galleries, London, SW1
    Little Dartmouth, Dartmouth
    Galerie het Vijfde Huis, Antwerp
    Coombe Gallery, Dartmouth
    RWA Bristol, Bristol

    Statement

    The majority of my work to date has been about something I refer to as 'Beach Conversations’. In this series of paintings and drawings, I respond to the transformation of quotidian flotsam on the tideline.The softening and etching of surfaces wrought by sea and shore on manufactured objects embodies a dynamic dialogue between man and nature. Drawing out and on usability of  'waste' in the natural environment: discarded, reclaimed, colonised by nature to be washed up, reclaimed and transformed again.

    One 'conversation' has been about 'strange attractors'. Items that catch your eye, often because they are either not organic or appear so. It is from these strange attractors that I build a narrative in my work. I am interested in suggestions of human presence within nature and convey the inspiration through representation or abstraction, or both.

    A particular walk I make most days along the sea front washes up a collection of images; a reflection of my thoughts, my mood, a physical presence. 

    Beach jetsam and flotsam might suggest a conversation, an event, a sensation. 

    The process is an important part of my work. I layer diluted oil paint and beach tar, rub away paint with sandpaper to mimic the sea's wearing away of objects and take paint castings of found objects which I incorporate into my paintings.

    In contrast to the coast, I gather inspiration of a similar theme from the countryside inland.

    Biography

    2000
    BA (hons) Fine Art, Exeter
    1981
    S.I.A.D Graphic Design

    Exhibition History

    2017  Collaborative and Solo Hallsands Revisited, South Hallsands cliff top, Devon. A site-specific event to commemorate the centenary year of the taking of the village of thirty seven houses by the sea. A collaborative event with musicians Lona Kozik and Sam Richards including an audio/visual performance. (Catalogue). https://www.hallsandsarts.co.uk
    2017  Award and Open Exhibition Drawn 2017, Royal West of England Academy (RWA), Bristol. Winner of the Theresa Knowles Travel Bursary Award
    2017  Mixed Exhibition Tree Life, Coombe Gallery, Dartmouth, Devon
    2017  Group Exhibition Off the Peg. Printmakers from the Dartington Print Workshop, Dartington, Devon.
    2016  Solo Exhibition Frances Gynn, Paintings and Drawings Little Dartmouth, Devon. The culmination of work produced after an eighteen month residency. A site-specific response to the work of garden designer, Dan Pearson. Landscaping on the coast from cultivated to wild.
    (Catalogue). 
    2014 - 2016 Residency Little Dartmouth  A year plus working at Little Dartmouth responding to the work of garden designer Dan Pearson, Sally Benthall and Edward Benthall.
    2015  Group Exhibition Palate to Palette, Coombe Gallery, Dartmouth,Devon
    Oct-Dec 2014  'Tideline' Galerie het Vijfde, Antwerp
    July 2014  'Flow' Little Dartmouth, Devon
    March 2013   Royal West of England Academy Drawn 2013 Exhibition
    2012  Bunker Project Marlborough. Mixed exhibition.
    2010  John Moores Contemporary Painting Prize Second Stage Finalist
    2010  Raw Material Exhibition Coombe Gallery, Devon
    2009  Coombe Gallery, Devon
    2008  Unseen South Hams group exhibition
    2008  Mixed exhibition, Coombe Gallery Devon
    2007  Affordable art fair
    2007  Mixed exhibition Coombe Gallery, Devon
    2006  Solo Exhibition, Ainscough Gallery, London
    2005  Art Bar Live, Exeter
    2004  Drawing the line, Coombe Gallery Devon
    2000  British Arts Festival Kuwait
    2000  Bahrain
    1989  Turicum Gallery, Zurich Switzerland