Francis O'Toole is a Dublin based artist, who has studied in Florence, Italy.
At 17 Francis was involved in an industrial accident which very nearly claimed his life. After spending over a year in hospital and rehabilitation, Francis spent a number of years confused about what path to take in life, this lead to him straying into the wrong group of people and encountering a dark world of up and coming criminals. One day out of concern for her son Francis' mother suggested he paint, at first Francis believe this to be silly, but slowly began to enjoy this activity.
Initially working from his mind, this work began to receive attention and he entered a gallery, after this there was some demand for work. As Francis had never studIed art etc., he worked at a slow pace and was not satisfied with the results, it is at this time he then decided to study classical art techniques in Florence, Italy. After fours year intermittent study in Florence, Francis returned to Dublin and is now preparing for a show in the near future.
- 2014 - E.S.B Sean Keating Award for outstanding painting.
- 2013 - The L. Cornellissen and Son award at the Royal Institute of Oil painters London. Showing at the Mall Gallerys, London.
- 2012 R.U.A ART COLLECTORS PRIZE;
- 2011 The Don Niccolò d’Ardia Caracciolo RHA Medal and Award;
- 2010 The Don Niccolò d’Ardia Caracciolo RHA Medal and Award;
- 2008/2009 Davy‘s Portrait Award;
- 2010 ANGEL ACADEMY OF ART FLORENCE ITALY BEST OF SHOW.
Exhibitions and Shows:
- 2015 In Profile: Sell out Gallery exhibition;
- 2015 Royal Ulster Academy Annual Show;
- 2015 Royal Hibernian Academy Annual show;
- 2014 Royal Hibernian Academy Annual show;
- 2013 Mall Galleries -London, England;
- 2013 Exhibited in the Oriel Gallery - Dublin, Ireland;
- 2012 R.U.A show - Belfast, Northern Ireland;
- 2012 Sol Art Gallery winter show - Dublin, Ireland;
- 2012 R.D.S. Arts and Antiques show - Dublin, Ireland;
- 2011 R.D.S. Arts and Antiques show - Dublin, Ireland;
- 2010 Villa Bardini, Florence - Annigoni’s Legacy Group Show;
- 2010 R.D.S. Art and Antiques show - Dublin, Ireland;
- 2009 Angel Academy Exhibition - Florence, Italy;
- 2008 / 2009 Selected for the DAVY portrait Awards (Belfast/Dublin);
- 2008 Contemporary Irish Art,Orlando Festival of the Masters - Orlando, Florida, U.S.A.;
- 2008 R.H.A (Dublin) selected to exhibit at members Annual Group show;
- 2008 Angel Academy Exhibition -Florence, Italy;
- 2008 Cherrylane Fine Arts - Summer show/Winter (Dublin);
- 2008 Afferato l’IDEA Chiesa St James - Florence, Italy;
- 2008 Invited to exhibit works alongside World famous artist Odd Nerdrum – Stavern, Norway;
- 2007 Jack Barclay Bentley, Berkeley Square, London - 10th Year Anniversary of the Angel Academy of Art;
- 2007 Cherrylane Fine Arts - Summer / Winter shows;
- Cherrylane Fine Arts - Art Fair, Dublin;
- 2006 Academy Exhibition - Florence, Italy;
- 2006 Cherrylane Fine Arts, Co.Wicklow -Summer /Winter;
- Cherrylane Fine Arts, Co.Wicklow - Art Fair Dublin;
- 2005 Cherrylane Fine Arts, Co.Wicklow - Summer / Winter;
- Cherrylane Fine Arts, Co.Wicklow - Art Fair, Dublin;
- 2004 Cherrylane Fine Arts, Co.Wicklow - Summer / Winter.