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Frances Broomfield  Born  1951

Biography



Frances Broomfield was born in 1951 in Warrington, Lancashire. She went to Warrington Art School and then to Newport College before moving to London.

Frances’ early paintings were influenced by childhood memories and dreams and by the contrast between the town and the countryside. Animals that live on the margins interested her: foxes and badgers, owls and herons and ‘The Old Straight Track’ by Alfred Watkins inspired her to research into sacred sites, Ley lines and standing stones.

Jung’s ‘Psychology and Alchemy’ led to a fascination with Alchemical imagery and the archetypal imagination. Whilst attempting to produce a series of paintings on the theme of Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’, Frances worked for a year with a Jungian analyst.

Frances has always been interested in eccentrics, Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear are favourites, she also admires the paintings of Bosch, Breughel, Max Ernst and Ernst Fuchs.

Frances works in oil and tempera on panels prepared with a gesso ground and uses liquin medium for glazing which gives her paintings a wonderful luminosity.

Frances has been commissioned to produce book jackets for many publishers and also worked on a series of paintings to illustrate ‘The Future Now’ by Derek and Julia Parker. Many of her paintings have been reproduced as greetings cards. Frances’ painting of the Cheshire Cat was used as the basis of a cartoon about Tony Blair !

The first book jacket Frances worked on required an illustration of a black mamba snake. The only reference was one in the Natural History Museum floating in a jar of preserving fluid, she had to take the snake out of the jar and prop its jaws open with a paperclip.

One of the most interesting studios Frances worked in was at The Guild of Transcultural Studies in an old house which had belonged to Maria Callas. The building was used for esoteric studies and inhabited by interesting characters including a one armed alchemist.

Frances Broomfield has exhibited with Portal Painters since 1980.

The White Rabbits House

Size: 25 x 20 cms
Type: oil on panel
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Alice and the White Rabbit

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Type: Oil on panel
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Keats and the Nightingale

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George Formby

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Type: oil on panel
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Description: In the collection of Warrington Museum & Art Gallery.
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Cartomancy

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Type: oil on panel
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Ambrose – the Theatre Cat

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Type: oil on panel
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Tobias and the Angel

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Type: oil on panel
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Description: 

Tobias, son of Tobit, is sent by his father to a distant land to collect a debt, he meets and angel without realizing, and the angel helps him catch a fish with curative properties, which heals Tobias’ blind father.


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Petrushka

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Type: oil on panel
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Description: 

The story of a puppet made of straw and sawdust but who comes to life, was put to music by Stravinksy, directed by Diaghilev and famously danced by Nijinsky in 1911.


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The Ram with the Golden Fleece

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Type: oil on panel
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Description: 

In Greek mythology the fleece sort by Jason and the Argonauts is made of the golden hair of a winged Ram.


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Harpo

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Type: oil on panel
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The Winter King and Queen

Size: 25 x 20 cms ( 10 x 8 ins )
Type: oil on panel
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Description: 

Elizabeth Stuart (1596 – 1662) as wife of Frederick V, Elector Palantine was briefly Queen of Bohemia, known as the Winter King and Queen as her husband’s reign only lasted for one winter.

Their wedding took place on 14 February 1613 at the Royal Chapel at the Palace of Whitehall. The marriage was a very popular match with the outpouring of much public affection, and a lavish and extravagant celebration which nearly bankrupted King James, Elizabeth’s father.


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