About the Artist
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 were he is working full time as an Artist and has gain a great amount of attention within the Art world.
2016 Conor prize for best figurative work in any media , Royal ulster academy .
2014 E.S.B Sean Keating Award for outstanding painting . http://www.rhagallery.ie/
2013 The L. Cornellissen & 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 FLORECE ITALY BEST OF SHOW