Fran Giffard Goldfinch and Bellflower, 2022 Unique Archival Print Signed on Verso 15 x 10cm (5¾ x 3¾ in.)
Fran Giffard paints colourful and bold birds over her personal Moleskine diary pages. Inspired by ornithological natural illustrations, Giffard uses watercolour, ink, gouache, and pencil to depict beautiful, poised, and characterful birds in her unique style. The diary entries detailing her day-to-day life serve as an interesting and informal background to her paintings. Giffard paints species from all over the world, with particular attention to South America, Australia, and Europe. Giffard studied Fine Art Drawing at Camberwell College of Art, graduating in 2010. Since then she has exhibited internationally, as well as throughout the UK. She has had a number of solo exhibitions, most notably: A Valediction, Northcote Gallery, London, 2021 My Valiant, Northcote Gallery, London, 2019 After Audubon, The Zig Zag Building, London, 2018 Treasure, Northcote Gallery, London, 2018 A Devotion, Someth1ng Gallery, London, 2018 Her Nest is Beautiful, Someth1ng Gallery, London, 2016 All My Beautiful Boys, Northcote Gallery Chelsea, 2015 A Myriad of Birds, Masterworks Museum of Art, Bermuda, 2014 A Parliament of Drawings, Northcote Gallery Chelsea, 2013 Sixty-Four Birds, Foyles Book Shop, Charing Cross, 2012 O for Ornithology, Mayfair, 2012
BA (hons) Fine Art Drawing, Camberwell College of Art (2010) Foundation Art and Design, Maidstone College of Art (2006)
Giffard has exhibited throughout the UK and internationally. Her most notable solo exhibitions are: A Valediction, Northcote Gallery, London, 2021 My Valiant, Northcote Gallery, London, 2019 A Devotion, Someth1ng Gallery, London, 2018 Nest, Someth1ng Gallery, London, 2016 All My Beautiful Boys, Northcote Gallery Chelsea, 2015 A Myriad of Birds, Masterworks Museum of Art, Bermuda, 2014 A Parliament of Drawings, Northcote Gallery Chelsea, 2013 Giffard's paintings are in various private and public collections including that of Sir David Attenborough, The Duchy of Cornwall, The Imperial Healthcare Charity, Fidelity Investments Limited, Jardines Matheson, Masterworks Museum of Art, The Pensions Investment Corporation, Jupiter Asset Management, and Moleskine. Giffard has had artist residencies in Bermuda, and Reunion Island, and shortlisted for The Threadneedle Art Prize, The Discerning Eye, BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year, and the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year.
Northcote Gallery, London TAG Fine Art, London
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artwork
These pieces are smaller versions of prints inspired by my Grandfather's stamp collection. His stamps would feature a delicate painting of a fish against a vibrant flat-coloured background, and so I have taken the same idea, but combined it with my paintings of birds. I want each "stamp" print to be a small yet powerful burst of colour and life. Each bird is painted how I "see" them: poised, elegant, and characterful.
You must not reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, resell or exploit any works. In doing so, you endanger our relationships with artists, and directly jeopardizes the charitable work we do. Anyone found doing will subject to legal action.