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Biography

Graham Fransella

Born in Harrow, England, Graham Fransella studied at the Bradford School of Art, Yorkshire. He came to Australia in 1975. Graham Fransella lives and works in Melbourne and is represented by galleries across Australia.

Graham Fransella’s work is represented in many public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Queensland Art Gallery, Parliament House, Print Council of Australia and Artbank.  

Graham Fransella is represented in many private collections in Australia, Europe and the USA, including Saatchi and Saatchi, London.

Personal Timeline

1950

Born Harrow, England

1970

Travelled to Europe, visiting France, Italy, Greece and Spain

1970-73

Attended Bradford Art School, Yorkshire under Ian Colverson

1972

Awarded Bradford College Travelling Scholarship.  Travelled to Europe visiting Munich Olympic Games and Isle of Wight Rock Festival. Represented in 2nd International Print Biennale, Bradford, UK

1974

First visit to Australia travelling through Malaysia en route. Stayed for 6 months in Melbourne. Returned to England and taught at Bradford Art School

1975

Returned to Australia

1976

Assisted Bea Maddock to print etchings whilst she was Artist-in-Residence at ANU, Canberra

1977

Appointed as Printmaking Technician at Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne

1978

First one person show at Stuart Gerstman Gallery, Melbourne

1979

Visited England and France

1981

Exhibition at Stuart Gerstman Galleries of small scale etchings. Work purchased by National Gallery, Canberra. Appointed lecturer at Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne

1983

First exhibition at Macquarie Galleries, Sydney. Commenced first ‘Parrot’ Series of etchings Who Shot the Parrot?. Visited Italy, France and UK

1985

Exhibited at Gerstman Abdullah Fine Arts International, Cologne, West Germany. Awarded the Maitland Art Prize for etching Man with Case

1986

Worked for 6 months at John Walker’s studio in London. Also visited Italy and France. Exhibited at Los Angeles Arts Fair. Commenced printing with Michel Szczepanski

1989

First exhibition in London at Rebecca Hossack Gallery. Travelled to London and France

1992

Awarded Australian Council Grant. Awarded Mitchelton Print Prize. Worked at Australian Print Workshop on large scale prints and a set of  erotic etchings

1996

Travelled to England and Paris with son Eric

1997

Travelled to Red Centre visiting Aboriginal  communities and viewing indigenous paintings

1999

Moved to studio in Brooklyn, Melbourne

2000

Resigned lecturing position to concentrate full time on own work. Travelled in light aircraft to Northern Territory and Western Australian visiting Bungle Bungles, Lake Eyre and Coober Pedy

2001

Travelled along the Gibb River Road in the Kimberley visiting aboriginal art sites

2002

Travelled to Arnhamland to see aboriginal rock art sites and dwelling sites

2004

Travelled to London, Paris and Southern Spain

2006

Travelled to New York

2007 Awarded Wynne Trustees Watercolour Prize
2009 Winner of the Wynee Trustees Watercolour Prize. Travelled to Tuscany and London. Finalist Dobell Prize, Gallery of NSW
2011

Winner of the Wynee Trustees Watercolour Prize. Travelled to Sicily, France and London

2012 Finalist, Wynee Trustees Landscape Prize
2013 Finalist, Fleurieu Art Prize, South Australia

Awards

2011 Winner of the Wynne Trustees Watercolour Prize, AGNSW
2009 Winner of the Wynne Trustees Watercolour Prize, AGNSW
2007 Winner of the Wynne Trustees Watercolour Prize, AGNSW
2006 Winner of the Wynne Trustees Watercolour Prize, AGNSW
2000 Winner of the Wynne Trustees Watercolour Prize, AGNSW

1992 

Australia Council Grant  

Michelton Print Prize

1985

Maitland Art Prize

1972

Bradford School of Art, Travelling Scholarship

Collections

Art Bank   O.T.C Australia
Art Trust Ove Arup & Partners
Arthur Anderson & C0., Melbourne Pacific Brands
Australian Art Investment Trust

Parliament House

Australian National Gallery, Canberra Print Council of Australia
Australian Print Workshop, Queensland State Gallery
Ballarat City Art Gallery Queensland University of Technology
Bristol-Myers Squibb Australia SAATCHI & SAATCHI, London
Corrs Chambers Westgarth Southcorp Holdings
Crown Casino Sparke Helmore
Deakin University, Melbourne Steel Case Australia P/L
Facioni Nominees The Toronto Dominion Bank
Footscray College of TAFE University of Southern Queensland
Geelong Art Gallery VEI Superannuation
George Patterson Bates Victorian Workcover Authority
GLAXO Australia Warnambool City Art Gallery
Jawcamb Waverley City Council, Melbourne
Mainpoint Wollongong City Gallery
Maunsells Australia P/L National Gallery of Victoria

Publications

Graham Fransella, Graham Fransella figures & landscapes: paintings and prints, 1984 – 2002.  Ed. Jenny Zimmer. South Yarra, Vic. Macmillan, c2002.
Graham Fransella, Eau forte, Malvern, Vic. Stonington Stables Museum of Art, Deakin University, 2003.
 
 
 
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