Graham Fransella’s boldly minimal, figurative work is immediately recognisable and highly sought after. Born in Harrow, England, he attended art school in London during the late 60s and early 70s, and continued his studies at RMIT Melbourne, where he gained a Masters of Fine Art in 1994.
Fransella’s striking figures, which have been reduced to their most essential lines, echo his concern in capturing “the presence of a figure without obvious depiction of a particular person, time or place” (Graham Fransella: Figures and Landscapes, Zimmer, 2002). What remains is the absence, or trace of an individual. Fransella populates his work with these anonymous subjects, in various landscapes and interiors. His richly textured surfaces and strength of line and composition lend an immediacy to both his paintings and prints. This is well expressed in his etchings, where the particular mark-making effects that can be achieved through the etching process are masterfully manipulated.
Fransella is the recipient of numerous prizes and scholarships, including the 2000 Wynne Watercolour Prize, AGNSW. Amongst others he has been finalist in the Dobell Drawing Prize, AGNSW 2005, 2004, 2003; and the Archibald Prize, AGNSW 1999, 1998. Fransella’s work is represented in many public and corporate collections including: Parliament House, Print Council of Australia, Queensland State Gallery, SAATCHI & SAATCHI London, Warnambool City Art Gallery, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Bank, Australian National Gallery, Crown Casino, Deakin University Melbourne.