Francis O’Toole is a London and Dublin-based artist, who has studied in Florence, Italy.
At 17 Francis was involved in an industrial accident that very nearly claimed his life. After spending over a year in hospital and rehabilitation, Francis had a number of years confused about what path to take in life, One day out of concern for her son Francis’ mother suggested he try painting, at first Francis believe this to be silly, but slowly began to enjoy this activity. Initially working from his mind, After his father suggested he show some of his work at an exhibition around Stephens Green in Dublin, Francis’s work began to receive a lot of attention and he entered a gallery Greystones , After this, there was some demand for his 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 five years of intermittent study in Florence Italy and also studying with master artist Odd nerdrum in Norway for a period of time, Francis returned to Dublin/London where he is working full time as an artist and has gained a great amount of attention within the Art world, collected and exhibiting internationally also winning a number of highly recognized awards.
Sol Art gallery
2017 The One world together a 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. Cornelissen & Son award at the Royal Institute of Oil painters London. Showing at the Mall Gallery, London
2012 R.U.A ART COLLECTOR’S 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 FLORENCE ITALY BEST OF SHOW
Exhibitions and Shows:
2022 192nd RHA Annual Exhibition
2019 VUE Contemporary Art Fair at the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA)
2019 Art Source at the R.D.S
2019 Barcelona Spain
2019 Fresh Air Art fair, Ascot, U.k
2019 Antiques and Art collectors fair R.D.S Dublin 4
2018 Bond street London realism alive show
2018 Ireland and u.k National contemporary Art fair ,VUE, R. H. A .
2018 Timeless, R.D.S Antiques, and Art collectors exhibition.
2018 HANG TOUGH GALLERY Grand opening exhibition.
2018 Take Heart. A pop up Art exhibition 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 antique 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 Selected for the DAVY portrait Awards (Belfast/Dublin)
2008 Contemporary Irish Art, Orlando Festival of the Masters – Orlando, Florida, U.S.A.
2008 R.H.A (Dublin) selected 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
27 thoughts on “About”
A very humble introduction to one of Ireland’s most talented young artists. For those of you who are unfamiliar with his work – watch this space!
Best of luck Francis with the blog I’ll be a keen follower.
Pleasure to meet you, Francisco. Interesting bio! Sounds like we have a few things in common. Impressive work too. Teresa is my favourite, though I think Katrina is your best, technically speaking. Feel free to stop by anytime, and I wish you much success in your upcoming show. xo -Birgitta
Be-a-u-tiful!! Where did you learn all this?
hi,i travel over from dublin to florence italy to study in an academy on and off for four year ,i would go over study ,then return home work for a while ,then return again
What a remarkable young man you are! It was wonderful reading this and learning a bit about you. I am a devoted follower … 😀
thank you 🙂
Stunning work you have here, such hauntingly expressive faces! I’m especially fond of Ambrosio.
thank you very much .:)
Your work looks terrific, delighted to have had the chance to stop by and take it in.
thanks Tom ,
Hi Fran, love the page, the work looks great here.
thanks Jim or is that the monk 🙂
They are just beautiful – i’m a genre painting fan – you have such an amazing talent – deep dark and delightful
Thank you very much Laura
Nice paintings. I like your work.
nice guy love his paintings have modelled for him check him out
This man is the best Artist in this generation no one captures life so raw and tender quite like him . A rare gift in the 21st century is Francis
He makes everyone else look like amatures
Unreal man! I would love to see your paintings in the flesh so to speak. Where can I check them out? I’m based in Ireland.
Francis, where do you currently have art for sale ? I am looking to get my portrait painted and from what I have seen I very much like your style. Kevin.
Hi Francis where do you have work currently for sale ?
Just a short note to enquire if you would like to show a painting in the Boyle Arts Festival 2018.
“Gathering” opens on Thursday 19th July in King House, Boyle.
The BAF will have a collection/drop off in Dublin.
Thank you again Francis.
I’m Francis O’Toole.
I spent much of my time growing up in Ireland.
I studied Fine Art and specialized in classical oils.
But I moved to Hollywood, became a movie producer and just finished building my own movie studios.
I’ll be in Dublin 12-13th August to meet again with the Finance Minister to do the sequel to Ryan’s Daughter.
Might be surreal (not our visual aesthetic of course) to get a coffee with ourselves.
Great, mark me in for a part in the sequel. Watched the original recently, it was on tv, it is a fantastic film. Got the horn at the scene where she rides in on a horse, threatening to whip a peasant. Ashford Studios & co Wicklow is your best bet