Noelle Francis, Biography

Born in Cairo in 1942, Noelle Francis studied first at Ravensbourne College of Art before completing her teaching training at Cardiff School of Art in 1965. First exhibiting at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 1n 1967 (and on several occasions since), she came to live and work in East Anglia in the early 1970ís and has shown subsequently at many of the leading galleries in the region, in recent years most notably at the Grapevine in Norwich, the Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery, the Halesworth Gallery, Cork Brick in Bungay and the Norfolk and Norwich Arts Festival. Noelle has also been a prime mover in the highly successful artist-led Harleston and Waveney Art Trail.

She has always been an adventurous traveller, her journeys in recent years taking her to the rainforests of Borneo and South America as well as to India, South Africa and Australia, and many of her rich and brilliantly coloured oils and watercolours reflect the intense visual experiences provided by their sea and landscapes, which more recently have also included the newly discovered, underwater beauties of tropical coral reefs. As well as travel, however, Noelle's other great passion is gardening, and her beautiful garden in South Norfolk provides another fertile source of artistic inspiration. Noelle has evolved a highly individual and very distinctive semi-abstract style, the brilliant blues and golds, greens and scarlets of her colourful palette, making a powerful visual impression on the viewer.

Past Exhibitions

2012 Exhibitions

Exhibition at Craftco Southwold
Harleston & Waveney Art Trail
Great Yarmouth Arts Festival
The Aitrium North Walsham, Colours in Winter Exhibition

2011
Harleston and Waveney Art Trail
Exhibition at Fisher Theatre Bungay.

2010
Harleston and Waveney Art Trail
Travelled to Egypt for research for paintings.

2008
Travelled to Morocco to research for paintings.

2007
Papworth Hospital Exhibition

2005
Travel to Egypt, research for paintings

2004
Norfolk Open Studios

2003
Exhibition at Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital, March-July.
Mural commission, Scarborough Hospital (Birthing Pool, Maternity Ward).

2002
Norfolk Open Studios

2001
Field Dalling Gallery, Norfolk
Frames of Norwich - Christmas Show

2000
Travelled to Australia for continuing research for Australian paintings.
Roots '66 - Halesworth Gallery