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 .

Prizes :

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 .

2013    The L. Cornellissen & Son award at the Royal Institute of Oil painters London.Showing at the Mall  Gallerys, London      


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


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 

21 thoughts on “About

  1. Neil Condron says:

    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.

  2. monochromejunkie says:

    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

    1. franciso2l says:

      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

  3. Biba says:

    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

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