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Francis Wishart

A HYMN TO THE NORTH SHORE - HYMNE À LA CÔTE NORD

 

 

Francis Wishart, Flowers, 2015, monotype, 14.75 x 14.75 in.

FLOWERS (2015)
monotype
14.75 x 14.75 in.
framed dimension: 21.75 x 22 in.
$1,700

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Francis Wishart, L'Acadie en fleur, 2015, monotype, 9.75 x 11.75 in.

L'ACADIE EN FLEUR (2015)
monotype
9.75 x 11.75 in.
framed dimension: 15.75 x 17.75 in.
SOLD

 

Francis Wishart, Fireweed, 2015, monotype, 9.5 x 11.75 in.

FIREWEED (2015)
monotype
9.5 x 11.75 in.
framed dimension: 15.5 x 17.5 in.
$1,100

 

 

Francis Wishart, Just you wait, 2015, monotype, 11.75 x 15.5 in.

JUST YOU WAIT (2015)
monotype
11.75 x 15.5 in.
framed dimension: 18.75 x 22.75 in.
SOLD


 

 

MATT BROWN and Bell Aliant Community TV1 Channel have teamed up again for a third season exploring the studios of East Coast artists.

This brilliant opening episode takes Matt to the North Shore of New Brunswick where he chats with JESSIE BABIN and FRANCIS WISHART.
Matt has provided a short preview, click above.

To access the full video- click here, then choose the "Lifestyle" tab and the "Studio Tour" tab


Francis Wishart, Lake, 2015, monotype, 11.75 x 7.75 in.

LAKE (2015)
monotype
11.75 x 7.75 in.
framed dimension: 17.75 x 13.25 in.
$975

 

 

 

 

Francis Wishart, Trout, 2015, monotype, 8 x 11.75 in.

TROUT (2015)
monotype
8 x 11.75 in.
framed dimension: 13.75 x 17.75 in.
SOLD

 

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Francis Wishart, Wild Flower, 2015, monotype, 11.75 x 9.25 in.

WILD FLOWER (2015)
monotype
11.75 x 9.25 in.
framed dimension: 18 x 14.25 in.
SOLD

 

 

Francis Wishart, Wild Flowers in brown jug, 2015, monotype, 15.5 x 11.75 in.

WILD FLOWERS IN BROWN JUG (2015)
monotype
15.5 x 11.75 in.
framed dimension: 22.5 x 18.75 in.
$1,600


Francis Wishart, Bay des Chaleur, 2015, monotype, 8 x 11.5 in.

BAIE DES CHALEURS (2015)
monotype
8 x 11.75 in.
framed dimension: 14 x 17.75 in.
$975

 

Francis Wishart, Cherrys and Flowers, 2015, monotype, 7.75 x 11.75 in.

CHERRYS AND FLOWERS (2015)
monotype
7.75 x 11.75 in.
framed dimension: 14 x 18 in.
SOLD

 

Francis Wishart, Oysters, 2015, monotype, 8 x 11.75 in.

OYSTERS (2015)
monotype
8 x 11.75 in.
framed dimension: 13 x 17.75 in.
SOLD

 

Francis Wishart, Belledune, 2015, monotype, 7.75 x 11.75 in.

BELLEDUNE (2015)
monotype
7.75 x 11.75 in.
framed dimension: 13.75 x 17.75 in.
SOLD

 

 

Francis Wishart, Jean-Guy's Catch, 2015, monotype, 14.5 x 15 in.

JEAN GUY'S CATCH (2015)
monotype
14.5 x 15 in.
framed dimension: 21.75 x 21 in.
$1,700

 

Francis Wishart, Floating, 2015, monotype, 4 x 13 in.

FLOATING (2015)
monotype
4 x 13 in.
framed dimension: 10 x 19 in.
SOLD

 

Francis Wishart CTV interview

To watch the CTV Live at 5 video of Francis Wishart discussing his exhibition, please click the image above or here...


Francis Wishart, Qhouags, 2015, monotype, 9.25 x 11.75 in.

QHOUAGS (2015)
monotype
9.75 x 11.75 in.
framed dimension: 15.5 x 17.75 in.
$1,100

 

Francis Wishart, Chives and Daisies, 2015, monotype, 9.25 x 11.75 in.

CHIVES AND DAISIES (2015)
monotype
9.25 x 11.75 in.
framed dimension: 15.5 x 17.75 in.
$1,100

 

 

Francis Wishart, Before Knock Down, 2015, 9.75 x 11.75 in.

BEFORE KNOCK DOWN (2015)
monotype
9.75 x 11.75 in.
framed dimension: 15.75 x 17.75 in.
$1,100

 

Francis Wishart, Flowers in Bucket, 2015, monotype, 15.5 x 11.75 in.

FLOWERS IN BUCKET (2015)
monotype
15.5 x 11.75 in.
framed dimension: 22.5 x 18.75 in.
$1,600

 

 

Nikki Thériault discusses "A Hymn to the North Shore" with FRANCIS WISHART

 

Francis Wishart


also available from previous series:

Tall Pine, 2014, monotype, 12 x 7.75 in.\

TALL PINE (2014)
monotype
12 x 7.75 in.
framed dimension: 20.5 x 17 in
$975

 



Untitled (Cabin), 2014, monotype, 6 x 8 in.

UNTITLED (CABIN) (2014)
monotype
6 x 8 in.
framed
$575

 

 

Flowers in Black and White, 2014, monotype, 12 x 7.75 in.

FLOWERS IN BLACK AND WHITE (2014)
monotype
11.75 x 7.75 in.
framed dimension: 20.5 x 17 in
$975

 

Francis Wishart, Untitled (Forest), 2014, monotype, 8 x 5.75 in.

UNTITLED (FOREST) (2014)
monotype
8 x 5.75 in.
framed
$650

Francis Wishart, Untitled (Lake), 2014, monotype, 10 x 11.75 in.

UNTITLED (LAKE WITH CABIN) (2014)
monotype
9.75 x 11.75 in.
framed
$1,125

 



Dusk, 2014, monotype, 8 x 11.75 in.

DUSK (2014)
monotype
8 x 11.75 in.
framed
$975

Francis Wishart, Two Summer Treats

TWO SUMMER TREATS (2014)
monotype
8 x 11.75 in.
framed dimension: 17 x 20.5 in.
$975

 

Francis Wishart, Autumn Beginning

AUTUMN BEGINNING (2014)
monotype
8 x 11.75 in.
framed dimension: 17 x 20.5 in.
$975

 

 

Francis Wishart printing a monotype in his studio,Nigadoo, 2011

FRANCIS PRINTING A MONOTYPE IN HIS STUDIO, NIGADOO, SUMMER 2011

WHAT IS MONOTYPE?

Monotype is a painting applied to the paper by way of a plate and a press. But, unlike any of the intaglio printing methods, the monotype plate has no permanent marks and therefore there is only ever one version of each image (in intaglio there can be many – 50 or more depending on various factors).

The artist paints an image directly onto the plate (in Francis' case, a zinc plate). Using an oil-based printer's ink that dries slowly, the artist can make smudges, blur colours, emphasize elements and work with the colour and composition on the surface. The plate is then put through a press and printed on paper. This process is very close to painting with the extra complicated step of creating a mirror image of the painting on the plate.

Artists, who might otherwise paint directly onto paper or canvas, choose this technique since the mirror effect and the slight uncertainty of the method introduce an element of chance and play into the artwork's creation. There are many errors and accidents, thus each successful monotype is the survivor of a gauntlet of artistic challenge and rigour. The great monotype artist is one who can control and predict the accident and engage with its possibilities.

The resulting image is different from any other media – there is a flattening of space and a refulgent ghostliness that can turn perfectly banal scenes into surreal experiments in light. Monotypes capture fleeting fragility with bold colours and they tolerate, even need, deep consideration– they are not for those seeking instant gratification from their art. A good monotype will develop slowly under your gaze, each new look at the work will reveal something new as silently as sunlight slipping through the trees.


 

 

Francis Wishart, Northwest Miramichi II (2011). monotype, 7.75 x 11.5 in., framed dimension: 12.5 x 16.5 in., $950

NORTHWEST MIRAMICHI II (2011)
monotype
7.75 x 11.5 in.
framed dimension: 12.5 x 16.5 in.
$950

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Francis Wishart, Spiky, monotype

SPIKY (2008)
monotype
12 x 8 in.
framed dimension: 16.5 x 12.5 in.
$950

 

 

Francis Wishart, Late Autumn, monotype

LATE AUTUMN (2008)
monotype
12 x 8 in.
framed dimension: 16.5 x 12.5 in.
$950

 

Francis Wishart, Reflection, 2011, monotype, 11.75 x 7.75 in

REFLECTION (2011)
monotype
11.75 x 7.75 in.
framed dimension: 16.5 x 12.5 in.
$950

Francis Wishart, Tumultuous (2009), monotype, 9.75 x 11.75 in., framed dimension: 14.5 x 16.5 in., $1100

TUMULTUOUS (2009)
monotype
9.75 x 11.75 in.
framed dimension: 14.5 x 16.5 in.
$1,100

 

Francis Wishart, The Island (2010), monotype, 9.75 x 11.75 in., framed dimension: 14.5 x 16.5 in., $1100

THE ISLAND (2010)
monotype
9.75 x 11.75 in.
framed dimension: 14.5 x 16.5 in.
$1,100

 

 

Francis Wishart, Studio (2008), monotype, 9.75 x 11.75 in., framed dimension: 14.5 x 16.5 in., $1100

STUDIO (2008)
monotype
9.75 x 11.75 in.
framed dimension: 14.5 x 16.5 in.
$1,100


Francis Wishart, Wood (2010), monotype, 11.75 x 9.75 in., framed dimension: 16.5 x 14.5 in., $1100

WOOD (2010)
monotype
11.75 x 9.75 in.
framed dimension: 16.5 x 14.5 in.
$1,100

 

 

Francis Wishart, Leaves (2010), monotype, 11.75 x 7.75 in., framed dimension: 16.5 x 12.5 in., $950

LEAVES (2010)
monotype
11.75 x 7.75 in.
framed dimension: 16.5 x 12.5 in.
$950

 

Francis Wishart, Self Portrait, 2011, monotype, 11.75 x 9.75 in.

SELF PORTRAIT (2011)
monotype
11.75 x 9.75 in.
framed dimension: 21 x 16 in.
$1,200

Francis Wishart, The Hideout, monotype

HIDEOUT (2008)
monotype
8 x 12 in.
framed dimension: 12.5 x 16.5 in.
$950

 

Francis Wishart, Geometric, monotype

GEOMETRIC (2008)
monotype
12 x 8 in.
framed dimension: 16.5 x 12.5 in.
$950

 

 

Francis Wishart, Lake (2011), monotype, 15.25 x 11.75 in., framed dimension: 20.5 x 16.5 in., $1500

LAKE (2011)
monotype
15.25 x 11.75 in.
framed dimension: 20.5 x 16.5 in.
$1,500


Francis Wishart, The Falls(2009), monotype, 14.75 x 14.75 in., framed dimension: 19.75 x 19.75 in., $1600

THE FALLS (2009)
monotype
14.75 x 14.75 in.
framed dimension: 19.75 x 19.75 in.
$1,600


 

Francis Wishart

The subjects of Francis Wishart's monotypes come from his surroundings. He shares his time between Provence and New Brunswick and these two different but harmonious sources emerge in his work. His monotypes seem to capture scenes from a dream. Details blend together and yet distinctions are not lost between the elements that trick us into uncertainty about the subject of the work. The focus seems to shift and what at first appeared so important drifts into the background. The balance of colour and movement play with the viewer; the image shimmers always just out of reach. It may be the light in Southern France that inspires this diaphonous sense of form, it may be the way the land dissolves through the trees into the skies of New Brunswick that informs it.

Whatever the source, Wishart's work has been very well received around the world. Born in 1951 to artists Anne Dunn and Michael Wishart in London, England, Francis studied at the Slade School of Fine Art. After that he moved to Paris where he worked and advanced his technique with master printers at l'Atelier Lacourière et Frelaut. Wishart has had important exhibitions in London and Paris including several at the Royal Academy of Art and La Courriere as well as many exhibitions throughout Australia, Europe and North America. His work is included in important public and private collections including the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Bibliothèque National, the British Embassy in Paris and the UK Government art collection.

Still passionately committed to monotype this most serious artist has other important interests. In France he maintains a vineyard, the organic grapes of which are made into wine by local vintners. Throughout the world Wishart is a highly active and dedicated conservationist. Having worked with David Suzuki, Wishart has also produced a film for the National Film Board. Awareness and engagement with the world around him characterises Francis Wishart and his art.