Frances was born in Cambridge, England in 1983. Because she has a prime interest in figurative classical style she left England to pursue a classical training in Florence at Charles. H. Cecil Studios in 2001, Her training was for three years but she continued her association with the school by teaching there each year in the summer term from 2005 to 2011.
Frances has participated in many exhibitions including The Not the Turner Prize exhibition, the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, the Society of Women Artists, the BP Portrait Award, the Royal Society of British Artists, the Royal Society of Marine Artists and the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition, where she has shown from 2005. And in numerous exhibitions by invitation.
In 2009 and 2013 Frances had a solo shows in Bonhams Edinburgh.
Frances now lives with her husband and two children and is busy with commission work in both portraiture and landscape. She also paints landscapes for sale.
Frances Bell paints from life, using the sight-size technique, over a few sittings. Whilst she does have a studio which can accommodate visitors for sitting she is also very happy to travel to her sitters.
Prizes Certificate of Excellence from Portrait Society of America 2019
Prizes Certificate of Excellence from Portrait Society of America 2018
Highly commended for The de Laszlo Foundation Award 2018
Highly commended for the de Laszlo Foundation Award at RBA 2017
First Prize – Winsor and Newton Young Artist Award at Royal Institute of Oil Painters 2017
The Portrait of a Woman Prize, Sheffield University 2013
Barbara Tate Award, 2011
The Artist Magazine Choice Award, SWA 2011
Windsor and Newton Young Artist Award, 2010
FRANCES BELL PRICE GUIDE
Prices are decided by size of canvas and content of composition. A smaller painting with a busy composition may require more work, thus raising the price so these prices are for a straight forward painting with a simple background
24 x 20 inches £4,250
36 x 28 inches £7,235
40 x 30 inches £8,085
50 x 40 inches £11,700
This is a rough fee-guide for a single portrait. Frame, travel & accommodation expenses, and VAT are not included. For groups and non-standard sizes please ask for a quote.
FRANCES BELL METHOD OF WORKING
I paint from life, requiring 3-5 sittings of a few hours. I am happy to travel. I will then finish the painting/drawing at my studio.I am not currently registered for VAT.
- Andrew Wallace-Hadrill – Sydney Sussex, Cambridge
- Lord Vinson of Roddam Dene
- Gillian Gehring – Sheffield University
- Derek Jacobi – Sky Arts
- Sir Mark Potter – Greys Inn
- Cressida Dick -Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.