Francis Gallery has launched an online platform, with a focus on limited edition artistic reproductions of original fine art.
The online gallery includes a photographic series by Matthew Johnson; Chinese ink and watercolour paintings by Spencer Fung; ink line drawings by Romy Northover; sculpture by Mari-Ruth Oda and Korean ceramics by Kim Sang-In. For more information, please see our shop page.
Francis Gallery will be launching a permanent site in central Bath, England, in Spring 2019.
The space is within the expansive ground floor of a Georgian town house, with original floor boards throughout, and filled with natural light.
Francis Gallery held its inaugural show from 22nd – 30th September 2018 at 99 Crawford Street in Marylebone, London.
The show exhibited works by artists Spencer Fung, Mari-Ruth Oda, and Kim Sang-In. Bespoke furnishings and fittings were created for the show by Fred Rigby, in collaboration with the gallery.
The sculptures – soft, fluid forms in bone and ivory tones – were by Mari-Ruth Oda, a Japanese-born artist based in Manchester. A large, open circle of jesmonite stood at the centre of the space, with smaller pieces populating plinths and window sills.
On the walls, a series of works on rice paper in Chinese black ink responded to the mountain peaks of Hong Kong, and another to the rock formations of the Catalonian Pyrenees. Created by Spencer Fung, a Hong-Kong-born artist, these free and instinctive paintings were inspired by his profound affinity for natural landscapes.
A collection of simple white ceramics, with a pale blue lustre, including moon jars, octagonal ceramic vessels, teacups and raised stands, was created by Haeinyo, the artistic moniker of Kim Sang-In. Made from local Korean clay in his studio outside Seoul, and inspired by traditional shapes from the Joseon Dynasty, these pieces reflect the aesthetic heritage that informs Francis gallery’s setting.
An ash table and bench set with walnut butterfly joints was custom built by Fred Rigby, and tea was served here throughout the show. Called Hyunmi-Cha, the roasted brown rice tea from Tea Collective was served in Haeinyo’s teacups on walnut coasters, made especially for the gallery by Richard Finley. On 29th September, Tea Collective hosted a special tea presentation for Francis Gallery’s guests.