Francesca Bex

I trained at The London College of Fashion as a Fashion Designer. It's been a varied career since then in bespoke bridal wear, urban regeneration on the South Bank and time as an Arts Co-ordinator.  In the last few years after a break for children I returned to study art firstly at the University of the Highlands and Islands in Scotland and then at Abingdon and Witney College in Oxfordshire.

I have exhibited with AFAS, The Army Arts Society, Hampshire Open Studios and as part of Oxford Artweeks.  I work as an Education Assistant supporting the education programme for The Roche Court Educational Trust based at the New Art Centre Sculpture Park and Gallery.  I also assist in supporting the art programme at Tedworth House, The Help for Heroes Recovery Centre in Wiltshire.

I have won The Cohort PlC prize for best small work whilst exhibiting with AFAS in The Mall Galleries on two occasions in 2012 and 2014.  I have also won The Linda Kitson Prize for The Butterfly Bomb Quintych, best painting of a military subject at the The Army Arts Society Annual Exhibition 2012.

In 2012 I reached the final stages in the television art show ‘Show me the Monet’ and in the same year exhibited in a group show called ‘Loss and Disappearance’ at The, Cornerstone Gallery in Oxfordshire. More recently I was delighted to have a piece of work selected for ‘Open Print’ at The Salisbury Arts Centre in 2014.

I am proud to have been able to support a number of charities with donations of work including The Malta Charities, The Felix Fund and The Army Arts Society.

I draw inspiration from my environment and travels. My work is a response to spectacular and unique landscapes with which I have an emotional connection. I love colour and paint and find myself moving more and more towards a world of colour and abstraction.  When I am not painting I spend as much time as possible outdoors.

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