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Mark Francis - Artists - Kerlin Gallery

Mark Francis makes powerful, optically intense paintings that are driven by the revelatory insights of contemporary science. Filled with a sense of movement and vibrational energy, his paintings combine electric colour contrasts with dynamic patterns and precise brushwork. Fields of colour are shot through with orbs or pulsating linear forms that dissolve or disintegrate, mimicking streams of light, sonic vibrations, or graphs of seismic patterns. Francis’s longstanding fascination and engagement with science provides rich territory for his painting, from the vast cosmic terrains of astronomy, to the minute and molecular concerns of mycology. Making striking imagery out of what is normally invisible, he explores the visual worlds made accessible by electron microscopes, or sonic data gathered from outer space. But while the feats of manmade technology inform Francis’s work, the thing of wonder remains the unknowable quantities beyond their reach. This is what Francis uses his imaginative power and painterly skills to conjure – sparking a tension between order and chaos, knowledge and mystery that is at the heart of his work.

 

Mark Francis lives and works in London.

Selected Works

Selected Works Thumbnails
Mark Francis
Vibrational Field, 2022
oil on canvas
214 x 183 cm / 84.3 x 72 in
Mark Francis
Mark Francis
Mark Francis
Vibrational Field, 2022
oil on canvas
214 x 183 cm / 84.3 x 72 in

Mark Francis
Vibrational Field, 2022
oil on canvas
214 x 183 cm / 84.3 x 72 in

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Mark Francis
Earth Song, 2022
oil on canvas
153 x 122 cm / 60.2 x 48 in

Mark Francis
Earth Song, 2022
oil on canvas
153 x 122 cm / 60.2 x 48 in

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Mark Francis
Receiver, 2022
oil on canvas
152 x 122 cm / 59.8 x 48 in 

Mark Francis
Receiver, 2022
oil on canvas
152 x 122 cm / 59.8 x 48 in 

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Mark Francis 
ReEcho, 2021
oil on canvas
214 x 153 cm / 84.3 x 60.2 in   

Mark Francis 
ReEcho, 2021
oil on canvas
214 x 153 cm / 84.3 x 60.2 in   

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Sonic Dub 2021

Mark Francis
Sonic Dub, 2021
oil on canvas
214 x 305 cm / 84.2 x 120.1 in

 

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Mark Francis 
Major, Minor, Major, Major, 2021
oil on canvas
214 x 183 cm / 84.3 x 72 in   

Mark Francis 
Major, Minor, Major, Major, 2021
oil on canvas
214 x 183 cm / 84.3 x 72 in   

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Ultra Dub 2021
Mark Francis
Mark Francis
Mark Francis
Ultra Dub 2021

Mark Francis
Ultra Dub, 2021
oil on canvas
275 x 214 cm / 108.3 x 84.3 in

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Mark Francis 
Space Echo, 2021
oil on canvas
214 x 275 cm / 84.3 x 108.3 in   

Mark Francis 
Space Echo, 2021
oil on canvas
214 x 275 cm / 84.3 x 108.3 in   

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Pluvio 2021

Mark Francis
Pluvio, 2021
oil on canvas
214 x 153 cm / 84.3 x 60.2 in

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MF72020

Mark Francis
Moire, 2020
acrylic oil on paper
132 x 96 cm / 52 x 37.8 in paper size
140 x 104 cm / 55.1 x 40.9 in framed

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MF71120
Mark Francis
Alma, 2020
oil on aluminium
183 x 183 cm / 72 x 72 in  
MF71120

Mark Francis
Alma, 2020
oil on aluminium
183 x 183 cm / 72 x 72 in  

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MF72721

Mark Francis 
Quiet Zone, 2021
oil on paper
140 x 104 cm / 55.1 x 40.9 in framed

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Space Time

Mark Francis
Space Time, 2018
acrylic and oil on canvas
153 x 122 cm / 60.2 x 48 in

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MF68518
Mark Francis
White Light (Spatial Dimension CRD), 2018
acrylic on canvas
214 x 153 cm / 84.3 x 60.2 in  
MF68518

Mark Francis
White Light (Spatial Dimension CRD), 2018
acrylic on canvas
214 x 153 cm / 84.3 x 60.2 in  

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Mark Francis 
Helio, 2014
acrylic and oil on canvas
153 x 122 cm / 60.2 x 48 in   

 

Mark Francis 
Helio, 2014
acrylic and oil on canvas
153 x 122 cm / 60.2 x 48 in   

 

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2012 Voyager
Mark Francis, Voyager
2012
Acrylic and oil on canvas
214 x 274.5 cm / 84.3 x 108.1 in   
2012 Voyager

Mark Francis
Voyager, 2012
acrylic and oil on canvas
214 x 274.5 cm / 84.3 x 108.1 in  

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Mark Francis 
Untitled, 2008
oil on canvas
213.4 x 152.4 cm / 84 x 60 in   

 
Mark Francis
Mark Francis 
Untitled, 2008
oil on canvas
213.4 x 152.4 cm / 84 x 60 in   

 

Mark Francis 
Untitled, 2008
oil on canvas
213.4 x 152.4 cm / 84 x 60 in   

 

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Traveller 2007
Mark Francis
Traveller, 2007
oil and resin on board
214 x 312 cm / 84.2 x 122.8 in
Traveller 2007

Mark Francis
Traveller, 2007
oil and resin on board
214 x 312 cm / 84.2 x 122.8 in

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Mark Francis 
Scopic, 2005
oil on canvas
213 x 152.5 cm / 83.9 x 60 in   

 
Mark Francis
Mark Francis 
Scopic, 2005
oil on canvas
213 x 152.5 cm / 83.9 x 60 in   

 

Mark Francis 
Scopic, 2005
oil on canvas
213 x 152.5 cm / 83.9 x 60 in   

 

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1995 Nucleus (Restriction)
Mark Francis, Nucleus (Restriction)
1995
Oil on canvas
213 x 183 cm / 83.9 x 72 in   
1995 Nucleus (Restriction)

Mark Francis
Nucleus (Restriction), 1995
oil on canvas
213 x 183 cm / 83.9 x 72 in    
Collection of Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

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1993 Veil II
Mark Francis, Veil II
1993
oil on canvas
183 x 153 cm
1993 Veil II

Mark Francis
Veil II, 1993
oil on canvas
183 x 153 cm / 72 x 60.2 in

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Mark Francis
Vibrational Field, 2022
oil on canvas
214 x 183 cm / 84.3 x 72 in

Mark Francis
Vibrational Field, 2022
oil on canvas
214 x 183 cm / 84.3 x 72 in

Mark Francis
Earth Song, 2022
oil on canvas
153 x 122 cm / 60.2 x 48 in

Mark Francis
Earth Song, 2022
oil on canvas
153 x 122 cm / 60.2 x 48 in

Mark Francis
Receiver, 2022
oil on canvas
152 x 122 cm / 59.8 x 48 in 

Mark Francis
Receiver, 2022
oil on canvas
152 x 122 cm / 59.8 x 48 in 

Mark Francis 
ReEcho, 2021
oil on canvas
214 x 153 cm / 84.3 x 60.2 in   

Mark Francis 
ReEcho, 2021
oil on canvas
214 x 153 cm / 84.3 x 60.2 in   

Sonic Dub 2021

Mark Francis
Sonic Dub, 2021
oil on canvas
214 x 305 cm / 84.2 x 120.1 in

 

Mark Francis 
Major, Minor, Major, Major, 2021
oil on canvas
214 x 183 cm / 84.3 x 72 in   

Mark Francis 
Major, Minor, Major, Major, 2021
oil on canvas
214 x 183 cm / 84.3 x 72 in   

Ultra Dub 2021

Mark Francis
Ultra Dub, 2021
oil on canvas
275 x 214 cm / 108.3 x 84.3 in

Mark Francis 
Space Echo, 2021
oil on canvas
214 x 275 cm / 84.3 x 108.3 in   

Mark Francis 
Space Echo, 2021
oil on canvas
214 x 275 cm / 84.3 x 108.3 in   

Pluvio 2021

Mark Francis
Pluvio, 2021
oil on canvas
214 x 153 cm / 84.3 x 60.2 in

MF72020

Mark Francis
Moire, 2020
acrylic oil on paper
132 x 96 cm / 52 x 37.8 in paper size
140 x 104 cm / 55.1 x 40.9 in framed

MF71120

Mark Francis
Alma, 2020
oil on aluminium
183 x 183 cm / 72 x 72 in  

MF72721

Mark Francis 
Quiet Zone, 2021
oil on paper
140 x 104 cm / 55.1 x 40.9 in framed

Space Time

Mark Francis
Space Time, 2018
acrylic and oil on canvas
153 x 122 cm / 60.2 x 48 in

MF68518

Mark Francis
White Light (Spatial Dimension CRD), 2018
acrylic on canvas
214 x 153 cm / 84.3 x 60.2 in  

Mark Francis 
Helio, 2014
acrylic and oil on canvas
153 x 122 cm / 60.2 x 48 in   

 

Mark Francis 
Helio, 2014
acrylic and oil on canvas
153 x 122 cm / 60.2 x 48 in   

 

2012 Voyager

Mark Francis
Voyager, 2012
acrylic and oil on canvas
214 x 274.5 cm / 84.3 x 108.1 in  

Mark Francis 
Untitled, 2008
oil on canvas
213.4 x 152.4 cm / 84 x 60 in   

 

Mark Francis 
Untitled, 2008
oil on canvas
213.4 x 152.4 cm / 84 x 60 in   

 

Traveller 2007

Mark Francis
Traveller, 2007
oil and resin on board
214 x 312 cm / 84.2 x 122.8 in

Mark Francis 
Scopic, 2005
oil on canvas
213 x 152.5 cm / 83.9 x 60 in   

 

Mark Francis 
Scopic, 2005
oil on canvas
213 x 152.5 cm / 83.9 x 60 in   

 

1995 Nucleus (Restriction)

Mark Francis
Nucleus (Restriction), 1995
oil on canvas
213 x 183 cm / 83.9 x 72 in    
Collection of Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

1993 Veil II

Mark Francis
Veil II, 1993
oil on canvas
183 x 153 cm / 72 x 60.2 in

Mark Francis - Artists - Kerlin Gallery

Milton Keynes Gallery, 2000

Mark Francis’s work has been exhibited at MoMA PS1, Brooklyn Museum; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, New York; Kunstmuseum St. Gallen; Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich; Tate, London and Liverpool; Whitechapel Gallery, ​​Design Museum, and the Royal Academy in London; The Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin; Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki; Kunstmuseum Stuttgart and Hamburger Bahnhof Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin. Recent and forthcoming solo exhibitions include Palazzo Collicola Spoleto, Italy (2022); Kerlin Gallery (2019) and Peninsula Arts Gallery, Plymouth University (2016); recent group exhibitions include Museum Wilhelm Morgner, Soest (2020, 2017); Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool and Kunsthalle Krems, Austria (both 2017). Francis’s work can be found in the collections of the Tate and the V&A, London; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco; Museum of Modern Art, Miami and the Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri.

Mark Francis - Artists - Kerlin Gallery

Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, 2008

Exhibitions

Exhibitions Thumbnails
Mark Francis 
Pulse, 2008
The Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

Mark Francis 
Pulse, 2008
The Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

Mark Francis 
Elements, 2000
Milton Keynes Gallery, London, UK
Mark Francis 
Elements, 2000
Milton Keynes Gallery, London, UK
Mark Francis 
Elements, 2000
Milton Keynes Gallery, London, UK

Mark Francis 
Elements, 2000
Milton Keynes Gallery, London, UK

Mark Francis 
Mark Francis, 1995
City Art Gallery, Manchester, UK

Mark Francis 
Mark Francis, 1995
City Art Gallery, Manchester, UK

Mark Francis 
Pulse, 2008
The Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

Mark Francis 
Pulse, 2008
The Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

Mark Francis 
Elements, 2000
Milton Keynes Gallery, London, UK

Mark Francis 
Elements, 2000
Milton Keynes Gallery, London, UK

Mark Francis 
Mark Francis, 1995
City Art Gallery, Manchester, UK

Mark Francis 
Mark Francis, 1995
City Art Gallery, Manchester, UK

Taking you behind the scenes and into the studio. 
Cinematographer: Erin Hope Francis, 2020

STUDIO II

Taking you behind the scenes and into the studio. 
Cinematographer: Erin Hope Francis, 2020