AMERICAN ARTIST: FRANCESCA SPILLE - Jeanette Lamb

From the beginning, life at home revolved around Art. Even though my father worked in Hollywood doing animated films, he has always had a studio at home where he paints. My mother is also a painter and both were prolific and very much part of the California West-Coast Art Scene of the 1950's and 60's, and when not attending film festivals, both exhibited regularly in various galleries and museums in and around Los Angeles.


In 1969 we moved to Europe. As a child I had always painted and drawn. With two studios in the house, there were always plenty of materials to play with and the freedom to do what I wanted. It took several years at art school and travels and meetings with remarkable inspiring people, before I decided to make painting my career.


For the last 32 years I have been exploring life through painting. I have taken many paths and directions, testing all the waters with my few skills and knowledge, painting everything and always pushing myself to go further, hoping to discover a new formula for painting. I knew from way back that I wanted my work to be abstract, but I disciplined myself making myself develop all areas of painting before allowing myself the ecstasy and bliss of letting it all go.



What I didn't realise is that there is no letting go and that this way of painting is the most difficult of all. There is no subject in front of you to guide you, you have to guide it through your mind and it has to work visually. I can't always get across what I really want to say in my work, but when it does fall into place, it's an overwhelming sense of accomplishment, like cracking an impossible enigma. .


I never know what's going to happen when these paintings begin. It is like they are part of a life force that is their own and I am a mere spectator guiding them in the right direction with colour and the paint brush. It's essential for me to be in a different zone to be able to tune into this work, because the painting needs to be spontaneous and yet it all needs to be exact and function visually.


These works are contradictions, because they are extremely difficult to do and take time and its my job to make them look like instant satisfaction and freedom. A little like Russian roulette with the paint brush. One stroke can make it, or destroy it. What I would like is to present my vision with the spontaneity and strength of street art, but getting my message across without words, letting the colour and position of the paint become the force that replaces language, making you walk away taking something with you, like you've seen something amazing for the first time that no one else knows about.


FRANCESCA SPILLE

American Painter &amp; Photographer -- Francesca Spille<br />
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Francesca Spille was born in Los Angeles in 1962. Because of her father's work in animated films, his jobs enabled him to travel and work in Europe. In 1969, her family left California,and settled in Europe, first living in the South of France, and then later to England, where Francesca was enrolled in a traditional English girls school. Her life at school in England was so hellish, that when her parents decided to move back to France, she begged them not to send her to a French school and instead studied by correspondence.<br />
By 18, Francesca moved up to Paris where she did her Foundation Art at Parsons School of Design. This lead to further studies in Provence at the Sarah Lawrence branch of The Lacoste School of the Arts, run by New York artist, Bernard Pfriem. Her connections with this school gave her the opportunity to work with the artist, Ruth Franken in her Paris Atelier, before moving on to study printmaking at the Dali Workshop in Barcelona. By 1984, Francesca returned to London and completed her studies at St. Martins School of Art, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree.<br />
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In 1988 Francesca left London and traveled south to Mallorca, Spain, where she met the elderly poet, Paul Roche, a well published writer and Greek scholar, who had been model and muse to the painter, Duncan Grant, of Bloomsbury fame. He was to be one of the greatest influences on Francescas life, and with his help and generosity, inspired Francesca to paint, and for the next 15 years, she lived, painted prolifically and sold her work on a regular basis.<br />
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However, in 2005, Francesca decided to sell her house and move back to France to be closer to her family.<br />
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Francesca's work has since continued to metamorphose and has changed from painting back to photography. "Photography was always my first love. When I was sixteen I discovered a book called 'Love on the left bank' with black and white photos by Ed Van der Elskin which portrayed the underground art scene in Paris in the 1950s. I knew from then on that I wanted to be an artist. My parents house always had an abundance of beautiful photography books lying around, so I was brought up with the likes of Beaton, Irving Penn and Jaques-Henri Lartigue. These were to be profound influences and concequently, my preferred subjects are people.<br />
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I would like to think I could introduce a different way of seeing to my viewers; a way that would make them walk away feeling intrigued, yet inspired."

American Painter & Photographer -- Francesca Spille

Francesca Spille was born in Los Angeles in 1962. Because of her father's work in animated films, his jobs enabled him to travel and work in Europe. In 1969, her family left California,and settled in Europe, first living in the South of France, and then later to England, where Francesca was enrolled in a traditional English girls school. Her life at school in England was so hellish, that when her parents decided to move back to France, she begged them not to send her to a French school and instead studied by correspondence.
By 18, Francesca moved up to Paris where she did her Foundation Art at Parsons School of Design. This lead to further studies in Provence at the Sarah Lawrence branch of The Lacoste School of the Arts, run by New York artist, Bernard Pfriem. Her connections with this school gave her the opportunity to work with the artist, Ruth Franken in her Paris Atelier, before moving on to study printmaking at the Dali Workshop in Barcelona. By 1984, Francesca returned to London and completed her studies at St. Martins School of Art, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree.

In 1988 Francesca left London and traveled south to Mallorca, Spain, where she met the elderly poet, Paul Roche, a well published writer and Greek scholar, who had been model and muse to the painter, Duncan Grant, of Bloomsbury fame. He was to be one of the greatest influences on Francescas life, and with his help and generosity, inspired Francesca to paint, and for the next 15 years, she lived, painted prolifically and sold her work on a regular basis.

However, in 2005, Francesca decided to sell her house and move back to France to be closer to her family.

Francesca's work has since continued to metamorphose and has changed from painting back to photography. "Photography was always my first love. When I was sixteen I discovered a book called 'Love on the left bank' with black and white photos by Ed Van der Elskin which portrayed the underground art scene in Paris in the 1950s. I knew from then on that I wanted to be an artist. My parents house always had an abundance of beautiful photography books lying around, so I was brought up with the likes of Beaton, Irving Penn and Jaques-Henri Lartigue. These were to be profound influences and concequently, my preferred subjects are people.

I would like to think I could introduce a different way of seeing to my viewers; a way that would make them walk away feeling intrigued, yet inspired."

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