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Francis Sills
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Gowanus

Media:Drawing; Painting;


ARTIST STATEMENT: I am an artist whose work is grounded in the perceptual-based, realist tradition. My goal is to translate the visible, bodily space I inhabit, into a 2-dimensional, illusionistic representation. In dealing with the intricacies and challenges of working from observation, I am able, through the sustained experience of intense, visual scrutiny, to understand and know the world around me. The results are paintings which are dense and subtle, revealing the specific nuances of color, light, and form. My most recent series of paintings and drawings depict the ever-changing landscape of post-industrial Brooklyn. I have a studio in the rapidly changing Gowanus section, where the Gowanus Canal once served as a lifeline for New York’s teeming industry. As the industry moved out, the canal became a remnant of the area’s pollution and environmental neglect. The stark forms and grittiness of the area reveal hidden gems of color and pattern. I’m attracted to the decaying structures, the muted and worn-out colors. By painting this area, not only am I documenting the rapidly changing landscape, but working towards the renewal of it; finding beauty and elegance in a place most people tend to avoid.
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ARTIST RESUME:


FRANCIS SILLS
474A 16th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215
www.francissills.com
Born: Summit, NJ 1974




EXHIBITIONS:

2010

“Brooklyn Light”; Solis Modernist Homes; Brooklyn, NY

2009

Brooklyn Creative League; Brooklyn, NY
“I Harvest” Center for Faith & Work, Redeemer Presbyterian Church; New York, NY
“Brooklyn” 440 Gallery; Brooklyn, NY

2008

“Gowanus: A Sense of Place” Gowanus Canal Conservancy Gallery; Brooklyn, NY
“Firstfruits” Center for Faith & Work, Redeemer Presbyterian Church; New York, NY
Collaborative Concepts: at the Hat Factory; Peekskill, NY

2006

Art Gotham “Square Foot Show”; New York, NY

2005

Biennale Internazionale Dell-Arte Contemporanea; Florence, Italy
The Third Floor; Brooklyn, NY (* solo)

2003

The Third Floor; Brooklyn, NY (* solo)

2001

Aronson Gallery, MFA Thesis Show, Parsons School of Design; New York, NY
National Arts Club 25th Annual Exhibition; New York, NY

2000

“Links” Parsons MFA Gallery; New York, NY
Element AG; New York, NY
The Village Lantern; New York, NY (* solo)

1999

The Lobby @ 125 Park Ave; New York, NY (* solo)

1998

“Made in New York”, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center; Auburn, NY
“Portrait as Icon”, Target Gallery @ the Torpedo Factory Art Center; Alexandria, VA

1997

Ridgefield Guild of Artists’ Winner’s Circle; Ridgefield, CT
“The Contemporary Figure” Rathbone Gallery, SAGE-JCA; Albany, NY
Sipps Coffee and Tea House; Brooklyn, NY
St. John’s University 3rd Annual Juried Exhibition; Jamaica, NY

1996

“Human: Figure and Portrait: Part One” Kougeas Gallery; Boston, MA
Ridgefield Guild of Artists’ 19th Annual Juried Exhibition; Ridgefield, CT
63rd Regional Exhibition, Arnot Art Museum; Elmira, NY


AWARDS AND HONORS:

Juror’s Award. “The Contemporary Figure”
Rathbone Gallery, SAGE-JCA; Albany, NY 1997

Best in Show Award. Ridgefield Guild of Artists’ 19th Annual Juried Exhibition;
Ridgefield, CT. 1996 (juror-Paul Cadmus, painter)

PRESS

“A Changing Palette on the Waterfront”
by Cory Kilgannon, The New York Times, August 13, 2008

“Characters of Gowanus”
by Sarah Portlock, The Brooklyn Ink, March 19, 2010

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS:

Miguel Armas; Brooklyn, NY
David and Bonnie Covey; Brooklyn, NY
John and Nell Evans; Philadelphia, PA
Kurt and Diane Horning; Scotch Plains, NJ
Ping and Chi Ling Moy; Brooklyn, NY
Dr. Robin Oshman and Dr. B.S. Spivack; Westport, CT
Norman and Evelyn Padnos; Brooklyn, NY
Edward Rouse; Bridgewater, NJ


EDUCATION:

MFA: Parsons School of Design; New York, NY. 2001
BFA: Syracuse University; Syracuse, NY. 1996

 








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