Francis O’Toole is a Dublin based artist, who has studied in Florence, Italy.
At 17 Francis was involved in an industrial accident which very nearly claimed his life. After spending over a year in hospital and rehabilitation, Francis spent a number of years confused about what path to take in life, this lead to him straying into the wrong group of people and encountering a dark world of up and coming criminals. One day out of concern for her son Francis’ mother suggested he paint, at first Francis believe this to be silly, but slowly began to enjoy this activity. Initially working from his mind, this work began to receive attention and he entered a gallery, After this there was some demand for work. As Francis had never studied Art ., He worked at a slow pace and was not satisfied with the results, it is at this time he then decided to study classical art techniques in Florence, Italy. After fours year intermittent study in Florence, Francis returned to Dublin were he is working full time as an Artist and has gain a great amount of attention within the Art world exibiting internationally and winning a number of highly recognized awards .
2017 The Rothschild gold medal
2016 Conor prize for best figurative work in any media , Royal ulster academy .
2014 E.S.B Sean Keating Award for outstanding painting . http://www.rhagallery.ie/
2013 The L. Cornellissen & Son award at the Royal Institute of Oil painters London.Showing at the Mall Gallerys, London
2012 R.U.A ART COLLECTORS PRIZE
2011 The Don Niccolò d’Ardia Caracciolo RHA Medal and Award
2010 The Don Niccolò d’Ardia Caracciolo RHA Medal and Award
2008/2009 Davy ‘s Portrait Award
2010 ANGEL ACADEMY OF ART FLORECE ITALY BEST OF SHOW
Exhibitions and Shows:
2018 Ireland and u.k National contemporary Art fair ,VUE, R. H. A .
2018 Timeless ,R.D.S Antiques and Art collectors exibition .
2018 HANG TOUGH GALLERY Grand opening exibition.
2018 Take Heart . A pop up Art exibition in aid of the Dublin rape crisis centre.
2017 Barcelona ,Spain
2017 Sol Art gallery new gallery opening show
2017 No fixed abode Homeless fundraiser at The Copperhouse gallery for the Peter McVerry Trust,
2017 Green gallery .
2016 R.D.S Art show Dublin .
2016 Art Brussels .
2016 Ireland and u.k National contemporary Art fair ,VUE, Royal Hibernian Academy .
2016 Royal Ulster Academy Annual exhibition .
2015 In Profile: Sell out Gallery exhibition
2015 Royal Ulster Academy Annual Show
2015 Royal Hibernian Academy Annual show
2014 Royal Hibernian Academy Annual show
2013 Mall Galleries -London, England
2013 Exhibited in the Oriel Gallery – Dublin, Ireland
2012 R.U.A show – Belfast, Northern Ireland
2012 Sol Art Gallery winter show – Dublin, Ireland
2012 R.D.S Arts and Antiques show – Dublin, Ireland
2011 R.D.S. Arts and Antiques show – Dublin, Ireland
2010 Villa Bardini, Florence – Annigoni’s Legacy Group Show
2010 R.D.S. Art and Antiques show – Dublin, Ireland
2009 Angel Academy Exhibition – Florence, Italy
2008 / 2009 Slected for the DAVY portrait Awards (Belfast/Dublin)
2008 Comtemporary Irish Art, Orlando Festival of the Masters – Orlando, Florida, U.S.A.
2008 R.H.A (Dublin) slected to exhibit at members Annual Group show
2008 Angel Academy Exhibition –Florence, Italy
2008 Cherrylane Fine Arts – Summer show/Winter (Dublin)
2008 Afferato l’IDEA Chiesa St James – Florence, Italy
2008 Invited to exhibit works alongside World famous artist Odd Nerdrum – Stavern, Norway
2007 Jack Barclay Bentley, Berkeley Square, London – 10th Year Anniversary of the Angel Academy of Art
2007 Cherrylane Fine Arts – Summer / Winter shows
Cherrylane Fine Arts – Art Fair, Dublin
2006 Academy Exhibition – Florence, Italy
2006 Cherrylane Fine Arts, Co.Wicklow -Summer /Winter
Cherrylane Fine Arts, Co.Wicklow – Art Fair Dublin
2005 Cherrylane Fine Arts, Co.Wicklow – Summer / Winter
Cherrylane Fine Arts, Co.Wicklow – Art Fair, Dublin
2004 Cherrylane Fine Arts, Co.Wicklow -Summer / Winter