Meet the three painters selected for the Jerwood Painting Fellowships

Published: 17 April 2015

Meet the three young painters selected for the third edition of the Jerwood Painting Fellowships

Painters Francesca Blomfield, Archie Franks and Dale Lewis have been selected by mentors Dan Coombs, Jane Harris and Phoebe Unwin for the fervent commitment they demonstrate towards their practice, and the potential of their work.

The Fellows will now embark on a year-long journey of support with the opportunity to build artist-to-artist relationships with their mentors.

Archie Franks

a painting of beer pumps
Beer Taps, 2015, oil on canvas
a painting of a plateful of crumpets
Buttery Crumpets, 2014, oil on canvas
a painting of a group of pigeons
Pigeons Feeding, 2015, oil on canvas
Archie Franks graduated from the Royal Academy Schools with a Post Graduate Diploma in 2012, having received his BA from City & Guilds London Art School in 2009.

In 2013 he was awarded the Sainsbury Scholarship in Painting, and has since exhibited in group shows, including at Transition Gallery in London.

He says: “In my own work I’ve recently been exploring the tension between grandeur and the banal, specifically looking at baroque and rococo styles and applying them to everyday contemporary subject matter. Motifs typically include animals, food, and contemporary gadgets and appliances such as iPhones or fridges.”

Dale Lewis

a large painting of canvasses, abstract figures and other motifs
Art Collector, 2015, oil and spray paint on canvas
a painting of three boys in trunks hanging out in a park
Chicken Dippers, 2015, oil and spray paint on canvas
a painting with a coffin in the foreground and a clubbing scene in the background
My Funeral, 2015, oil and spray paint on canvas
Dale Lewis graduated with an MA in Fine Art from the University of Brighton and has a BA in Fine Art from London Guildhall University and a BA in Fashion and Textiles from Liverpool John Moores University.

He has worked as an art assistant for Science Ltd, producing works designed by Damien Hirst, and, more recently, for the artist Raqib Shaw. He is currently involved in the Turps Banana Painting programme.

He says: “I have lived and suffered softly and I'm now in a prime time in my life to channel these experiences into my paintings; to carry on refining good paintings and honest paintings.”

Francesca Bloomfield

an abstract painting with sand coloured square and yellow wavy lines
Arm Bands, 2015, oil on canvas
an abstract painting with teal, gold and pink lines
Dan and Drew, 2013, oil on linen
an abstract painting with a representation of a visa card on a gold background
Nile Cruise, 2014, oil on linen
Francesca Bloomfield studied at Chelsea College of Art. Following her graduation in 2012 she has worked on a number of collaborative events with organisations including STRYX in Birmingham, and the Pipe Factory in Glasgow.

She says: “My current work focuses on symmetrical and repetitious visual patterns and internal rhythms which derive from objects and images of cultural or trivial speculation -particularly elusive subjects such as celebrities and new age phenomena, such as UFOs.”

  • The Jerwood Painting Fellowships are part of Jerwood Visual Arts, a contemporary gallery programme of awards, exhibitions and events hosted at Jerwood Space, London and on tour nationally. Find out more at jerwoodvisualarts.org

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