Artist Fran Giffard has long been captivated by the intricate beauty of natural illustrations, and over the last three years she has begun to amass an incredible body of ornithology-inspired artwork. Fran started to work directly onto her personal Moleskine diaries using aquarelle, gouache and graphite pencil, capturing the wonder of exotic and more commonplace birds. The result is a vivid collection of work with an intriguing personal slant.
Fran studied Fine Art Drawing at Camberwell College of Art, graduating in 2010. Since then she has exhibited internationally, as well as throughout the UK.
She has had a number of solo exhibitions, most notably:
A Parliament of Drawings, Northcote Gallery Chelsea, 2013.
Foyles Book Shop, Charing Cross, 2012.
O for Ornithology, Mayfair, 2012.
Aviary, Northcote Gallery Battersea, 2012.
Most recently Fran was shortlisted for The Threadneedle Art Prize, BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year and David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year. She has also won a place to exhibit with the Society for Wildlife Artists in 2013.
In 2014, Fran will travel to Bermuda where she will enjoy a three month artist residency with Masterworks. She will continue to draw birds, but over diary pages that document her time on the island.