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Frances Bildner

Frances Bildner Artist Statement

The thematic concept of my work is concerned with life in all it's myriad forms.
I am influenced by the German Expressionists and the Abstract Expressionists. I place emphasis on the emotive aspect of the work and,like them, my work is both emotional and immediate.

I paint from my imagination. When I was thirteen years old Sir Charles Wheeler, the past president of the Royal Academy wanted to buy my flower painting, which had won first prize in a competition in East Sussex.
I have been an artist for many years, working in a variety of mediums - paintings, mosaic tables, walls & trays and textiles.

I am a colourist, I love colour in all its variety and paint from my imagination. My paintings are organic. An image may appear on the canvas and will become something - a flower, an abstract, a figure. I don't have a prefixed idea.

I have been lucky in my life to have lived in very exciting colourful places - Buenos Aires, London, New York. These places have had a great influence on my paintings. My work which I have been told adds life to the environment, has been sold to businesses and homes.

Impressions magazine described me as “a passionate and seductive painter, Bildners riotous use of colour affirms this view. The paintings are in definite, almost aggressively joyous, dialogue with the viewer and their presence is hard to ignore.”

New York’s Village Voice declared my work to be “varied and vital enough to renew a jaded spirit”.

I accept commissions and love to paint very large canvases!
I love colour, I love it in its vitality, in its aliveness, in its courage and magnitude, in its fullness and wellness in its darkness and pain.
Colour in its highs and lows, its definition and freedom. I love its childlike, friendly, approachable intensity,its spontaneity and honesty.
For me a world devoid of colour is unimaginable.

I am represented in collections throughout Europe and America.

Frances Bildner

Education : Sculpture Centre
Courses in Drawing New York City 1988-1990

Art Students League
Courses in Drawing New York City 1986-88

Parsons School of Design
Courses in Painting, Drawing, Textiles and Batik, 1984-1986

New York University
B.A. German Literature and Art History 1983
M.A. Courses in Comparative Literature 1983-1984

2013 Arusha Gallery Group Show
2012 Westbury Accountants Group show
2012 Moss and Associates solo show
2011 Summer Show Islington Arts Factory
2010 Group Show Islington Arts Factory
2009 PM Gallery Solo Show
2008 Seven Bedford Row Two Person Show (Paintings and Poetry)
2006 Ben Uri Gallery Solo show (Paintings and Poetry)
2005 Hampstead Theatre Solo Show( Paintings and Poetry)
2004 Art and Vision Solo Show
2004 Candid Arts Solo Show
2003 Business Design Centre Islington
2002 Collyer Bristow Group Show
2002 Tucker Turner Kingsley Wood London Solo Show
2002 The Engineer London Solo Show
2002 The Box London Solo Show
2002 The Abbey London Solo Show
2002 Albemarle Gallery Group Show
2002 Babbington House Group Show Somerset
2001 Ian Mathews M.O.T Solo Show London
2001 Candid Art Gallery Group Show
2001 Portland Place School Solo Show
2000 Pryory Art Gallery . Summer Show London
2000 Lauderdale House. Two Person Show
2000 Artmonsky Gallery Bath Art Fair
1999 Bar Room Bar Solo Show London
1998 Ben Uri Auction
1998 Mosaique. Solo Show London
1995 London Lighthouse Solo Show
1995 Sarah Tankel House Group Show
1995 Atrium Gallery Group Show London
1994 Mary Lou’s Solo Show New York City.
1994 Gagliardi Art Gallery Group Show London
1993 Gagliardi Art Gallery Group Show London
1992 SoHo Studio Centre Group Show New York City
1990 Wetherholt Gallery Group Show Washington D.C
1989 Straus Gallery Group Show New York City
1988 SoHo Studio centre Group Show. New York City
1987 On The Wall Gallery Group Show New York City
1986 On The Wall Gallery Group Show New York City
1985 Rainbow Connection Group Show New York City
1985 Royal Academy Summer Show
1984 Galerie Russel Solo Show Nyon Switzerland
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The project started in 1996 when Collage Arts, an arts development agency, moved into the Chocolate Factory on Clarendon Road and converted several derelict floors of the Factory into artist studios.

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