Ferdinands, Frances

Bio

Born in Colombo Sri Lanka, Canadian artist Frances Ferdinands holds a Visual Arts degree from York University, an A.R.C.T. (Piano) from the Royal Conservatory of Music, and Education degree from University of Toronto.
Ferdinands has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions for over three decades. She has exhibited as far afield as London, New York, Paris, Bogota and Honolulu. She is the recipient of numerous Arts Council grants and her paintings are featured in two Artbooks: Rethinking Acrylic” (Northlight Books, 2008) and Acrylic Innovation (Northlight Books, 2010).

Her paintings are held in private and major corporate collections including the Standard Broadcasting Corporation, Franco-Nevada Mining, and Dresdner Bank of Canada. Museum collections include the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, the Judith & Norman Alix Gallery and the Royal Ontario Museum.
In 2015 and 2017 Ferdinands (under the auspices of an Ontario Arts Council Grant) returned to her homeland to be mentored in traditional arts and crafts - temple mural painting, mask making and bobbin lace making that are culturally at risk. This experience served to enrich Ferdinands’ understanding of her Sri Lankan heritage and her sense of place within it.
The experience also spawned new work including the “Atomizer” collection - a series of 10 works which the Royal Ontario Museum purchased.

She was commissioned by the Royal Canadian Mint to design the 2017 Diwali and the recently released 2019 Multi-Cultural commemorative gold coin.

Drawn to traditional floral patterns and motifs for their beauty and cultural significance,
she began to incorporate them into her work. Early in 2019 she traveled to Spain and Morocco to visit important Islamic sites and was awarded an (Ontario Arts Council) Chalmers Fellowship to travel to London England to study Islamic Patterning. The knowledge gained further expanded her focus on the exploration of visual cultural differences, belief systems and cross-cultural fertilization found in South Asian, Middle Eastern, and Western visual languages. The resulting paintings were shown in a Solo Exhibition at the Camden Image Gallery, London England in March 2020.

Awards

  • 2019 Royal Canadian Mint, Multi-Cultural Coin
  • 2017 Royal Canadian Mint, "Diwali" Coin Design

Exhibitions

  • 2020 Enduring Patterns, London England
  • 2018 Exotic Landscapes, Waterloo, Canada
  • 2017 Between Latitudes, Whitby, Canada
  • 2015 Lassanai (Beautiful), Toronto, Canada
  • 2014 Round Robin, Toronto, Canada
  • 2014 Mining Beauty, Cobourg, Canada
  • 2013 21st Century Surrealism, Toronto, Canada
  • 2009 Cutlural Memory:Transdiasporic Art Practices, Chicago, USA
  • 2008 Food for Thought, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • 2006 Anthropomorphism, Chicago USA
  • 2005 Nord-Sud, Bogota, Columbia
  • 2003 Adrift, Kelowna, British Coumbia, Canada
  • 2000 Palm Breeze, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
  • 1992 Art Contemporarian du Canada, Paris France

Education

  • 1977 Bachelor of Education, University of Toronto
  • 1974 Bachelor of Fine Arts, York University
  • 1972 A.R.C.T. (PIANO), Royal Conservatory of Music

Links

Feed Me, Free Me
Feed Me, Free Me

AQA5978278: © Frances Ferdinands / Bridgeman Images

Yellow Canna Lily
Yellow Canna Lily

AQA5978279: © Frances Ferdinands / Bridgeman Images

Century Plant
Century Plant

AQA5978280: © Frances Ferdinands / Bridgeman Images

Interlopers
Interlopers

AQA5978282: © Frances Ferdinands / Bridgeman Images

Octopus Eyes
Octopus Eyes

AQA5978283: © Frances Ferdinands / Bridgeman Images

Silk Roads
Silk Roads

AQA5978284: © Frances Ferdinands / Bridgeman Images

The Burden In Becoming
The Burden In Becoming

AQA5978285: © Frances Ferdinands / Bridgeman Images

Snakin'
Snakin'

AQA5978286: © Frances Ferdinands / Bridgeman Images

Purple Pineapple
Purple Pineapple

AQA5978287: © Frances Ferdinands / Bridgeman Images

Aloe
Aloe

AQA5980410: © Frances Ferdinands / Bridgeman Images

Catch
Catch

AQA5980411: © Frances Ferdinands / Bridgeman Images

Shrine to the Belle Epoque
Shrine to the Belle Epoque

AQA5980412: © Frances Ferdinands / Bridgeman Images

Shrine to Arts and Crafts
Shrine to Arts and Crafts

AQA5980413: © Frances Ferdinands / Bridgeman Images

Ribbon Sky Flowering Moon
Ribbon Sky Flowering Moon

AQA5980414: © Frances Ferdinands / Bridgeman Images

Three Commas of the Serendip
Three Commas of the Serendip

AQA5980415: © Frances Ferdinands / Bridgeman Images

Burst
Burst

AQA5980416: © Frances Ferdinands / Bridgeman Images

Voyager
Voyager

AQA5980417: © Frances Ferdinands / Bridgeman Images

Offering
Offering

AQA5981494: © Frances Ferdinands / Bridgeman Images

From Where the Sky Meets the Sea
From Where the Sky Meets the Sea

AQA6039195: © Frances Ferdinands / Bridgeman Images

Blue Palm
Blue Palm

AQA6039436: © Frances Ferdinands / Bridgeman Images

Venice
Venice

AQA6096449: © Frances Ferdinands / Bridgeman Images


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