We are delighted to announce that world renowned abstract painter Mark Francis is an invited artist at this year’s Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition. Opens on Friday 16th October at 10am, Ulster Museum, Belfast.

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Born in Newtownards in 1962, Mark Francis studied at St. Martin’s School of Art (1980–85) and Chelsea School of Art (1985–6). The Tate outlines how in 1989 “his early energetic, abstract landscape style became more overtly abstract. He adopted a dry–brushing technique, comparable to that developed by Gerhard Richter, to produce soft, smooth, ‘photographic’ and seductive surfaces, featuring microscopic imagery. He developed this approach throughout the 1990s, his oil paintings lacking traces of artistic activity, giving a ‘found’, depersonalised quality. Such effects suggest a disturbing, alienating connection between abstraction and technology; many of his paintings are created with a palette reduced to black and white.”