His work is more than the sum of its parts, it is multi - layered engaging the observer in a dialogue about overt & covert symbolism its impact on our collective subconsciousness through challenging us to consider & reevaluate our relationship with traditional portraiture & graffiti culture.
Francis has been an Artist for over forty years, from spraying simple stencil outlines of vaporised people on walls of buildings in the West End of London, in the late 70s, to the fly-poster bombing of 'Warhol is Over' on the day Andy Warhol died, in February 87, on walls in London's Soho. Referencing John Lennon's iconic 'War is Over' poster campaign of 1971, which he revisited during the Gulf War(s) as 'Jihad is Over,' creating a postcard drop with 'Don't Panic' magazine.
A former art teacher he has exhibited in numerous London venues including London Post with 60's Retro Nostalgia; Freud gallery with his Dead Blonds series; Vexed Generation with the Bar-code Nudes set and in many other solo and group shows both nationally and internationally. Hr one Gallery, Manchester in October 2016.
His work has a political and satirical edge to it, often commentating on current issues. See his 'Bones for Drones' and 'Walt's World' series.
He is currently concentrating on his Watercolour Narrative series of portraits and preparing for a joint show with artist Steve McCracken.
Francis is working on a follow-up to his book: 'Indiscretions of The London Boulevardier. Excerpts from an Artists' (so-called) Life.' A diary set in London, it takes a satirical look through the eyes of Dave, a contemporary artist, and his adventures in the art world.
‘Machinations of the London Boulevardier. Excerpts from an Artists’ (so-called) Life.’ Will be published January 2017.
Although seen as an artist who creates images that have a contemporary relevance, impact, style and affordability, and, are variously described as 'anti-intellectual', 'innovative and lifestyle friendly' Francis rarely discusses his work.
Consistently and irritatingly quoting Warhol: "Look at the surface of my painting and there I am" he avoids any attempt to describe or understand the content, simply "they exist".
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- 2016 - Indiscretions of The London Boulevardier: Excerpts from an Artist's (so-called) Life: Volume 4 (Tales of The London Boulevardier) - link
- 2015 - Clean Up in Aisle 7: Graffiti-Zombies-PR-Politics-Retail-Bermondsey SE1 - link
- 2015 - Confessions of a London Boulevardier. Excerpts from an Artist's (so-called) Life: Vol. 1 Stroll On: Volume 1 (Tales of the London Boulevardier) - link
- 2015 - Exploits of the London Boulevardier. Excerpts from an Artist's (so-called) Life: Put the brush down and stand away fron the canvas: Volume 3 - link
- 2015 - The London Boulevardiers (so-called) Poems - link
- 2015 - SAMO or 120 Days of Sod All - link
- 2014 - Adventures of a London Boulevardier. Excerpts from an Artist's (so-called) Life.: Volume #2: Random acts of Verbosity. (The London Boulevardier) - link
- 2014 - The Boulevardier's (so-called) Poems - link
- 2013 - Confessions of the London Boulevardier (Tales of the London Boulevardier Book 1) - link
- 2013 - The Boulevardier's (so-called) Poems - link
- 2013 - The Life and Crimes of Roger X - link
- 2013 - SAMO or 120 Days of Sod All - link