The Molesworth Gallery

Francis Matthews

Camden St - west ~ oil on canvas ~ 90 x 143cm


Francis Matthews had his debut solo exhibition at the The Molesworth Gallery in November, 2016. Francis graduated with first-class honours degree in architecture from UCD before pursuing a career as an artist. He has won multiple awards at the RHA Annual, including the Hennessy Craig Scholarship.

His practice is informed by light, architecture and the phenomenology of place. The scenes he creates are almost always absent of people, describing places of neglect or moments of silence in otherwise inhabited locations. His most recent exhibition at the gallery consisted of a series of 12 nocturnes plotting a route from Heytesbury St to Harcourt St in Dublin.


Curriculum vitae

1998-2004 University College Dublin. Graduated with first-class honours in architecture
2014 RUA Perpetual Silver Medal Award
2013 RUA KPMG Young Artist Award
2011 Hennessy Craig Scholarship joint winner, RHA Annual Exhibition
2009 James adams salesroom award, RHA Annual Exhibition
2009 RHA studio residency
2008 Cill Rialaig Residency
2007 ESB Keating McLoughlin award, RHA Annual Exhibition
Hennessy Craig Scholarship Runner Up, RHA Annual Exhibition
2006 De Vere's first time exhibitors award, RHA Annual Exhibition
2006 Naughton award, RHA Annual Exhibition

Solo shows
2018 New Paintings, Molesworth Gallery, Dublin
2016 Six Streets, Molesworth Gallery, Dublin
2009 Ten, Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin
2008 46 South Richmond St, Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland, Dublin
2007 Halation, Cherrylane Fine Arts, Wicklow

Selected group shows
2018 EVA Biennial of International Art, Limerick 2006 - 2018 RHA Annual Exhibition, Dublin
2015 Architects do, Darkspace Gallery Exhibition, Architects do.., Dublin
2010, 2012, 2014 RA Summer Exhibition, London
2007, 2009, 2013, 2014 RUA Annual Exhibition, Belfast
2014 Describing Architecture, Memory and Place, City Assembly House, Dublin
2012 Describing Architecture, Scale+Medium, No. 13 North Great George's St, Dublin
2011 Arte Laguna, Venice, Italy
2010 EVA, Limerick. Lavit Gallery, Cork
2009 Boyle Arts festival, Roscommon
2006-2009 RHA Banquet Exhibition, Dublin

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