About Me


My work is concerned with the disintegration of paint and personality. I love to watch thinned down paint dissolving slowly on the canvas or seeing the transformation of glutinous lumps of matter into flesh-like forms. The result making a virtue of the inelegant.

I like exploration, finding new marks and seeing an image evolve and disappear. I use paint in untraditional ways, always prolonging a state of flux.

The paintings are mainly abstract but I make drawings of heads. Figuration informs abstraction. Things move fast and that’s ok. Surprise is good.

Like many painters I prefer my work to speak for itself. Painting and drawing are particular forms of communication – they are before speech. A painting is thought in liquid form.

Frances Aviva Blane

Frances Aviva Blane



PAINTING/heads at German Embassy, Belgravia, London (solo show)
Liquid Thought with Marc Ronet, Eric Monbel, Mark Anstee, Chris Stevens De Queeste Kunstkamers Abele/Watou Belgium (group show)


De Queeste Gallery – Heads (solo show)
Jerwood Drawing Prize. London and UK tour
De Vage Grens with Frank Auerbach, Reniere & Depla, etc. De Queeste Kunstkamers, Abele/Watou, Belgium (group show)
21st Century Art


NOTHING published – click to download
‘Deconstruct’: De Queeste Kunstkamers, Belgium. Exhibition alongside Francis Bacon and Louise Bourgeois.
BIG BLACK PAINTINGS. Bay Hall, Kings College, London (solo show)
Camden New Journal – Hampstead Exhibition 2014
Hampstead School of Art Exhibition 2014
Hampstead School of Art – Deconstruct 2014
Glass Magazine – De Queeste 2014
Caroline Simpson – De Queeste 2014
Hampstead School of Art – Musical Soirre


Critics Circle – Centenary Event
Paintings and Works on Paper. De Queeste Kunstkamers Belgium 2013 (solo show)
Critics Choice, selector Corinna Lotz, Mall Galleries. London (group show)
Glass Magazine – The mark of FAB
De Queeste Arts review
Glass Magazine – Critics Circle show at Mall


BlindArt donation to Moorfields


Paintings/Drawings. Frances Aviva Blane Quest 21, Brussels 2011
Guardian – BlindArt Exhibition 2011aworldtowin – Quest 21 2011 review


Drawing Breath. Jerwood Anniversary Exhibition of Award Winners London, touring UK, Australia, Japan (2008-2009).


Annely Juda A Celebration. Annely Juda Fine Art London (group show)


Portrait/Painting. Shillam Smith3. London (solo show)
Paintings: Frances Aviva Blane. Gallerie Inga Kondeyne. Berlin (solo show)
London Print Fair. Malborough Fine Art London (group show)
Prime Time Berlin, Young Art from London. Berlin EcArtspace (group show)
Sense and Sensuality London, UK tour, New York (group show)
Blind Art in New York (group show)


Blind Art RCA London and UK tour 2005-2011.


Frances Aviva Blane Paintings & Drawings. EcArtspace London (solo show)
Very British? Arbeiten von Britschen Kunstlerinnen with Tacita Dean, Mike Silva, Die Drostei, Pinneberg, Germany (group show)
The Discerning Eye. Mall Galleries London (group show)


Dialogue Frances Aviva Blane and Nigel Ellis. EcArtspace London (group show)
Art Futures. Contemporary Art Society London (group show)
German and English Painting Swap,  Berlin/London. Sponsored by British council and Goethe instiitut (group show)


Undo.net 2001
Delinquent Paintings, EcArtspace London (solo show)
Drawing Basil Beattie and Frances Aviva Blane. EcArtspace London (group show)


Small is Beautiful Angela Flowers Gallery London 2000-2004
Sheila Gaffney – Urbuzcom 2000
ecArtSpace Exhibitions 2000-2004
Before Now and After with Helen Sear. EcArtspace Berlin, London
St John Square. Painting with John Mclean and Frances Aviva Blane. EcArtspace, London


Chora curated by Sue Hubbard including Susan Hiller, Helen Sears. London and UK tour 1999-2000
Cheltenham Open Drawing Show. Award Winner. Cheltenham and UK tour 1999-2000
Awarded Jerwood Drawing Prize
Sue Hubbard – London shows 1999


Awarded Mid-America ART Alliance Fellowship for Visual Arts
Awarded residency at Djerassi Artists’ Foundation, California
Solo x 9. Artists in Clerkenwell. Berry House London 1998
9 Artists in Clerkenwell. Solo x 9. Berry House with Susan Hiller, Dryden Goodwin etc. EcArtspace London


F Blane Only Drawings. ShillamSmith London (solo show)
F Blane Only Paintings. Curated by Andrew Mummery 1997 (solo show)


In The Looking Glass, Women’s Contemporary Self Portaits curated by Dr Judith Collins. With Maggi Hambling etc. Usher Gallery Lincoln and UK tour 1996-1997.
Royal Academy of Art Summer Show. London (group show)


Frances Aviva Blane at the Curwen. Curated by Andrew Mummery (solo show)


Independent – showcase of new artists 1993
Into the Nineties. Pick of Postgraduates. Mall Galleries. London 1993


Frances studied at

The Chelsea School of Art
The Byam Shaw School of Painting & Drawing
The Slade School of Fine Art

public collections

Moorfields Eye Hospital. London

The Three Faiths Forum, London

Jesus College Cambridge

London School of Economics

Sternberg Centre, London

Usher Gallery. Lincoln

Blind Art, London


Lucid Plane
Richard Ivey photography
Sarah Wedderburn
Joe Corr

Original design Joe Corr