Frances was born in Cambridge, England in 1983. At the age of 18 she left England to pursue a classical training in Florence at Charles. H. Cecil Studios in 2004, having a prime interest in figurative classical styles. She trained there for three years and 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 Atists 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.
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
The De Laszlo Foundation Award for Portraiture, 2006
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