Mark Francis

Photograph by Nicholas Sinclair

Over the past 30 years, Mark Francis has made paintings of singular optical intensity. These powerful, apparently abstract combinations of concentrated patterns and stark colour contrasts, are principally based on what the unaided human eye lacks the power to see.

His work draws on discoveries about the form and substance of reality that result from technologically enhanced vision. More recently, Francis’ art has looked outwards, taking as points of pictorial reference the graphic interpretations of data received by radio telescopes as part of astronomers’ efforts to chart distant zones of the cosmos.

Francis exhibits internationally and is represented in major collections including Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, the Tate, London, the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the Museum of Modern Art, Miami.