Mark Francis


Biography

Newtownards, Co. Down, N.IRELAND (1962).

Solo Exhibitions

2017Luca Tommasi Arte Contemporanea, Milan (with Alexis Harding)
2016Galerie Pelaires, Palma De Mallorca, Spain
2014‘Evidence of Absence’ Dirimart, Istanbul
2013‘Calibrate’, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin
2012Gallery Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland
2011‘Mark Francis’, Galeria Pelaires, Palma, Mallorca, Spain
2010Gallery Thomas Schulte, Berlin ‘Arena’, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Cumbria, England
2009‘Field’, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin
2008Galerie Stadtpark, Krems, Austria
2008‘Pulse’ Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin
2008Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland
2008Galerie Wilma Lock, St. Gallen, Switzerland
2007Gallery Thomas Schulte, Berlin
2007Galerie Pelaires, Palma De Mallorca, Spain
2006Pendulum, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin
2006Frontier, Patrick de Brock Gallery, Knokke, Belgium
2005Gallery Forsblom, Helsinki, Finland
2005Galerie Wilma Lock, St. Gallen
2004Gallery Thomas Schulte, Berlin
2004Marlborough Graphics, London
2004Maureen Paley/Interim Art, London
2003Kerlin Gallery, Dublin
2003Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles
2003Drawings, Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, Germany 
2002Gallery Anne de Villepoix, Paris
2002Galerie Wilma Lock, St Gallen Switzerland
2001New Paintings, Galerie Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgart
2000Kerlin Gallery, Dublin
2000Maureen Paley/Interim Art, London
2000‘Elements’, Milton Keynes Gallery, London
1999Kohji Ogura Gallery, Nagoya, Japan
1999Mary Boone Gallery, New York
1999Galerie Wilma Lock, St. Gallen, Switzerland
1998Kohn Turner Gallery, Los Angeles
1998Maureen Paley/Interim Art, London
1998Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris
1997Galerie Martina Detterer, Frankfurt, Germany 
1997Kerlin Gallery, Dublin 
1997Mary Boone Gallery, New York 
1996Galerie Anne de Villepoix , Paris
1996Bloom Gallery, Amsterdam
1996Terra Nova – New Territories, Harewood House, Leeds
1995Galerie Thieme+Pohl, Darmstadt, Germany
1995City Art Gallery, Manchester
1995Maureen Paley/Interim Art, London
1995Kerlin Gallery, Dublin
1994Maureen Paley/Interim Art, London
1992Jill George Gallery, London
1990Thumb Gallery, London

Group Exhibitions

2015“Strukturen Project”, Newlyn Art Gallery, The Exchange, Penzance
2014“Strukturen Projekt”, Kunsthalle Wilhelmshaven, Germany
2012Kerlin Gallery, Dublin
2011LITOS GRAFERA, Kunst Centret Silkeborg Bad, Silkeborg
2011Joao Ferreira Gallery Collection 2011, João Ferreira Gallery, Cape Town
2011Group show 2011, Sala Pelaires, Palma de Mallorca
2011Kesä – Sommar – Summer 2011, Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki
2011Creating the New Century – Contemporary Art from the Dicke Collection, Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art (FCMOCA), Fort Collins, CO
2011Lets Party For A Piece Of Art, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich
2010Spatial Dimensions, Galerie de Brock, Knokke, Belgium
2010Summer 2010, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin
2010Next Generation, Einblicke in junge Ostschweizer Privatsammlungen, Kunstmuseum St.Gallen
2010Don’t Piss on Me and Tell Me it’s Raining, Apexart, New York City, NY
2010Abstract Vision Now, Art + Art Gallery, Moscow, with Ian Davenport, Peter Halley and Dan Walsh
2010Cream – Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki
2009summa summarum, Galerie Wilma Lock, St. Gallen
2009Edition Copenhagen, Retrospective 1959 – 2009 – Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen
2009Summer Abstract Group Show – Galleria Rubin, Milan
2009Concrete, The Collection of Heinz and Annette Teufel, Kunstmuseum, Stuttgart, Germany
2009Into Irish Drawing, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Ireland; Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris; AkkuH Aktuele Kunst Hengelo, Hengelo
2008C ad hoc, Galerie Wilma Lock, St. Gallen
2008Abstraction, João Ferreira Gallery, Cape Town
2008Spore Atomi Stelle, Galleria L’Attico, Rome
200810,000 to 50: Contemporary Art from the Members of Business to Arts, Irish Museum of Modern Art – IMMA, Dublin
2008Celebrating 20 year, Kerlin Gallery, Dublin
2008What lies beneath the surface – Irish Museum of Modern Art, IMMA, Dublin
2008For the Spirit, From the UBS Art Collection, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
2008Contemporary Graphics, Galerie & Edition Bode GmbH, Nuremberg
2008Genesis, Die Kunst der Schöpfung, Zentrum Paul Klee, Bern
2007Heads Figures and Ideas 2007, Osborne Samuel, London
2007Die Kunst zu sammeln, Museum Kunst Palast. Düsseldorf
2007ART FUTURES, Bloomberg SPACE, London
2007Painting in the Noughties, Letterkenny Arts Centre
2006Monochromed, The Fine Art Society, London, UK
2005Size Matters, Arts Council England Touring Collections, UK
2005Lines and Traces, Galerie Bernhard Knaus, Mannheim
2005ART FUTURES, Bloomberg SPACE, London
2005The Hardest Thing to Draw is a Kiss, Wimbledon School of Art, London, UK
2005After the Thaw, AIB Art Collection, Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork, Ireland
2004La Colmena – Galeria de Fundaciíon/Coleccion Jumex, Mexico City
2004In the Time of Shaking, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
2004ARTfutures 2004 – City of London School, London
2003Before & After Science, Marella Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy 
2002Dublin 7 Educate Together, Dublin
2002John Moores 22, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK
2002Prospects Drawing Prize, Essor Project Space, London, UK
2002‘Eight New Paintings’, Kerlin Gallery Dublin, including Callum Innes, Sean Scully + more.
2002Leopold + Rudolf Blaschka, Design Museum, London & touring
2002Jerwood Drawing Prize 2002, Jerwood Space, London
2002‘The Rowan Collection’, IMMA, Dublin
2001Irish Art Now, IMMA. Dublin
2001Fluid, Wolverhampton City Art Gallery, Wolverhampton
2001Galerie Wilma Lock, St. Gallen, Switzerland
2000Zero Zero Four Four,Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork; Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast
2000K‘Shifting Ground: Fifty Years of Irish Art’, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
2000‘Irish Art Now: From the Poetic to the Political’,Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago
2000‘Premio Michetti’: Europe, different perspectives in painting, Museo Michetti, Francavilla al Mare, Italy
2000‘In the Mind’s Sky’, Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Claremont, California
2000The Wreck of Hope, The Nunnery Gallery, London
2000The Saatchi Gift, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, UK 
1999Drei positionen in der malerei, Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgart, Germany
1999Macro-Micro, Contemporary Painters Negotiate Small Truths, University of Texas (Blanton Museum of Art)
1999Zero Zero Four Four, PS1, New York and Allbright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo
1999POSTMARK: An Abstract Effect, Site Santa Fe, New Mexico
1999‘A Quiet Storm, Painting in Abstraction’, Kohn/Turner Gallery, L 1998 post Naturam – nach der Natur, Stadt Münster, Germany.
1999Sensation – Saatchi Collection, Museum fur Gegenwart, Berlin
1999Galleria Emilio Mazzoli, Modena, Italy 
1999‘Irish Art Now: From the Poetic to the Political’, McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College; Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada;
1997Interior, Maureen Paley/Interim Art, London
1997Nat West Painting Prize, London 
1997Residue, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin
1997Public Art Development Trust: Mark Francis / Nicky Hirst
1997Beau Geste, Angles Gallery, Los Angeles
1997Surface, GOW Langsford, Auckland, New Zealand
1997Sensation – Saatchi Collection, Royal Academy of Art, London
1996Whitechapel Open, London
1996Absolut Vision, New British Painting in the 1990’s, M.O.M.A., Oxford
1996Mary Boone Gallery, New York. (Mark Francis, Leonardo Drew, Oliver Herring) 
1996IMMA/Glen Dimplex Artists Award exhibition, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.
1996British Abstract Art III, Flowers East Gallery, London
1996Microscopic territories, Harewood House Trust, Harewood
1996Scattering Matrix, curated by Jane Hart, Richard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica
1996Black, Grey & White, Galerie Bugdahn und Kaimer, Düsseldorf
1995Testing the Water, Tate Gallery, Liverpool
1995Voyage Anglais, Rheimes, France
1995John Moores, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
1995From Here, Karsten Schubert/Waddington Galleries, London.
1995Painters’ Opinion, Bloom Gallery, Amsterdam
1995The Adventure of Painting, Kunstvereins Düsseldorf and Stuttgart, Germany 
1994Unveiled, Cornerhouse, Manchester
1994Whitechapel Open, London 
1994Europa 94, Munich Order Centre, Munich
1994Human Nature, Mark Francis & Brad Lochore Herve Mikaeloff, Paris
1994East 1994, Norfolk Institute of Art & Design, Norwich
1994The Curator’s Egg, Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London
1994New Modern British Paintings (1988 – 1994), Richard Salmon Ltd., London
1994Paintmarks, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge
1993Recent Acquisitions, Tate Gallery, London
1993An Undiscovered Country; 10 Abstract Painters, curated by Charles Hall, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, Ikon Touring Exhibition
1993Snap Shots, curated by Anthony Wilkinson, Eagle Gallery, London
1993A Decade of Collecting, Tate Gallery, London
1993International Print Exhibition, Tokyo
1993Whitechapel Open, London 
1992South Bank Show, Royal Festival Hall, London
1992British Art comes to St. Helena, St Helena (selected by Mary Rose Beaumont)
1992Twelve Stars, European Parliment Exhibition, Belfast, Edinburgh, London, Zurich, Brussels 
1990Four Painters, New Academy, London
1990Bonhams Contemporary Auction, London
1990Whitechapel Open, London 
1989Christie’s New Contemporaries, Royal College of Art, London 
19864 New Painters, Paton Gallery, London 
1986ILEA class of ’86, Royal Festival Hall, London 
1986On the Wall Gallery, Belfast. 
1985Another View of Ireland, Irish Artists in London
1985Athena International Awards, Mall Galleries, London
1985Riverside Open, Riverside Studios, London 
1984Stowells Trophy, Royal Academy of Arts, London
1984Summer Group Show, Tom Caldwell Gallery, London 
1983New Contemporaries, The Mall Gallery, London 
1983Summer Show, Tom Caldwell Gallery, Dublin
‘Means without Ends’, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London

Collections

ACC Bank, Dublin Allied Irish bank
Anglo Irish bank
Arts Council of England
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
American Express Collection
Arthur Andersen & Co Ltd
Bank of Ireland
Bank of America, Dublin
Bank of Scotland, Dublin
British Credit Trust,Slough
British Council, London
Caldic Collection, Amsterdam
Cleveland Clinic Art Foundation Program, Lyndhurst, Ohio
Chelmsford Borough Council
Contemporary Arts Society, London
Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork
de Young Memorial Museum San, Francisco
Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan
Deutsche Bank, Germany
Deutsche Morgan Grenfell, London
Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane
The Economist
European Parliament
General Mills Inc.
Goldman Sachs International, London
Government Art Collection, London
The Hallmark Art Collection, Hallmark Cards, Inc., Kansas City, Missouri
Hammersmith & Fulham Education Authority
Heytesbury Holdings, Australia
IIB Bank, Dublin
Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, New Jersey
KIASMA Museum of Contemporary Art Helsinki, Finland
Lambert Collection, Zurich
Leicester Education Authority
Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum
Machida City Museum Of Graphic Art, Tokyo
Manchester City Art Gallery, Manchester
Matheson Ormsby Prentice, Dublin
Mead Gallery, Warwick University
Merrill Lynch & Co, Inc., New York
Merrill Lynch International Bank, London
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Microsoft Art Collection, Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, Washington State
Museum of Modern Art, Miami
Nat West Group Art Collection, London
Neuberger Berman, A Lehman Brothers company
New York Public Library, New York
The Rowan Collection Belfast
Saatchi Collection, London
Sarah Hilden Art Museum, Tampere, Finland
Southampton City Art Gallery
Simmons & Simmons, London
Stanhope Properties Plc
The Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri
St. Peters College, Oxford
Tate Gallery, London
UBS Art collection, Switzerland
Ulster Museum, Belfast
Unilever Plc, London
University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Wellmark BlueCross Blue Shield Corporate Art Collection, Des Moines, Iowa


Prizes

1997 Public Art Development Trust: Mark Francis / Nicky Hirst
1996 IMMA/Glen Dimplex Artists Award, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
1993 Grand Prize Tokyo International Print Exhibition