Francesca Sharkey has exhibited regularly in London over the past decade(s). After graduating from Plymouth University (Exeter Faculty of Art and Design) in 1993 with a BA Hons in Fine Art, she spent 3 years in Paris, where she designed theatre sets for an opera company. She started painting dogs in 2017.
BA Hons, Fine Art, University of Plymouth, Exeter Faculty of Art and Design
National College of Art and Design, Dublin (3 month Erasmus Cultural Exchange)
2015: Parallax Art Fair, Kings Road, London
2010: Shipton Street Gallery, London
2008: Shipton Street Gallery, London
2007 : Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London
2006 :Inn on The Green, Notting Hill, London
2003 : Studio Lounge, Waterstones, Piccadilly, London
2002 : First Out, Cafe/Bar, Westminster
2000 : Soho Curzon, London
1999 Wine Gallery, Chelsea, London
2008: Upstream People Gallery, 10th Annual Painting, Drawing, Photography & Print International Online Juried Art Exhibition
2008: Sartorial Contemporary Art, Group Show, Mothers Exhibition, London
2006 : ‘For Peel’ group show, No More Grey Gallery, Shoreditch, London
2004 : ‘Mothers’ group show, Oxford House, London
2001 : Start Gallery, Fulham, London
1999 : Boston University, London
2011: Tulane Review, Spring Issue, Tulane University
2010: Tulane Review, Spring Issue, Tulane University
2009: Tulane Review, Spring Issue, Tulane University
2008: Graphic commissioned work, Just Like Starting Over, theatre poster
2007: Commissioned painting, Head-Rapson Sisters
2007: Commissioned painting, The Naughty Fox
1996: Blaise Le Savetier, theatre design, Paris
1994: HAL, record cover design, Vinyl Japan Record Label
‘…displays a body of work which is both contemporary in feel while at the same time having something timeless about it. This timelessness is apparent due to the sometimes theatrical, almost stage-set quality of the compositions, and the vibrant use of contrasting colours… One painting which highlights very successfully this ambiguity in time and place is ‘Trafalgar Square’. At first sight I was led to consider whether the figures are simply ordinary people out on the street, or performing on a stage.
The subject matter of these paintings, primarily involving people in social situations, is lifted out of the ordinary or banal by Francesca’s intense use of colour and dramatic use of perspective: apparent in ‘Elvis Night’ where one man’s upper body and face looms in the foreground, creating a sense of drama and intrigue.
Each painting is very painterly in style…. capturing the intimacy, secrets, laughter – the inner thoughts of her characters. Each scene is expressive due to her choice of contrasting colour combinations, and her intense use of brushstroke, so much so that the atmosphere in each painting is almost tangible. Most specifically, I was struck by the sense of dramatic intrigue, achieved by the fascinating juxtaposition between the often open air of celebration and the sometimes darker sense of mystery.…overall, a very interesting and uplifting body of work.’
Angharad Morgan, MA RCA
Resident Art Critic February 06
‘Most striking! The use of colour especially is overwhelmingly intuitive and subtle. Light seems to dance, almost, on subjects that emit mystery and pathos.
The canvases draw one in, magnetically whilst these pictures never seem to