Francis lives in West London and has strong links with Suffolk, particularly Walberswick. Francis takes many points of reference for his paintings from the landscapes of Suffolk, to the interiors of Parisian restaurants, Camp Bastion in Afghanistan, and the brilliance of light reflected in his studio in London.
Known mostly as an artist painting with watercolours and oils, Francis is now creating 3d collage structures with paper, inspired by the beaches and landscapes of Suffolk.
Francis studied at St Martins School of Art and at Chelsea School of Art. He teaches drawing and painting at the Royal Academy Schools.
Francis was elected as an associate to the Royal Watercolour Society in 1986 and served as president from 2000-2003. He was elected to the New English Art Club in 1992.
Francis exhibits regularly at the Royal Watercolour Society and the New English Art Club, and has won many awards including the WH Patterson Fine Arts award and the Arts Club prize at the 226th Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Francis has been an invited artist to the Discerning Eye Exhibition.
In 2013 Francis was invited by Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers to Camp Bastion in Afghanistan as a war artist and was awarded the Turner award for a picture of Camp Bastion in 2014.
Francis's work is in a number of private and public collections including the Royal Collection and the collection of the HRH Prince of Wales, the RWS Diploma collection, the National Grid, and the London Federation of clubs for young people.
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