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Sunday, 19 April 2015

Parameter 2012 - Mark Francis

If you're visiting St Martin-in-the-Fields in the coming weeks, do pop down to the Dick Sheppard Chapel where we have just had a beautiful new piece of art installed above the entrance - Parameter 2012 by painter Mark Francis.

Over the past thirty years, Mark Francis has made paintings of singular optical intensity powerful, apparently abstract combinations of concentrated patterning that explore scientific data and imagery.

Recent paintings use a grid structure as a subtle, compositional device; this may explicitly allude to cartographic formations, sound graphs and astronomical diagrams.

Always acknowledging his interest in physical forces: the natural or man-­‐made trajectories of particles, matter, data orlight, Francis positions himself, and the viewer, amidst myriad ‘mapscapes’ of invisible spaces and networks.

“Parameter is one of a series of paintings created between 2011 and 2014. The main concern of this series revolves around the use of the grid in relation to different types of networks. Earlier paintings focused on more organic and fluid forms with more chaotic connections. The grid has been an important form throughout my painting practice as it presents a structure within which more ‘random’ incidents can occur. Amongst other influences, the internet, cartography, circuit boards and transport systems provide a stimulus to make the paintings.” Mark Francis


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