Background - London Diana was born in Balham in London and lived in Streatham for her first 20 years. Coming from a creative family her sister Vivienne is also a fine artist (living in East Sussex) and her brother Graham is an interior designer living in Vietnam, Asia.
She studied communications and fine art at Croydon College and Wimbledon School of Art, before getting her first job as an illustrator in a West End design company.
Diana had spent time in Asia as her brother lived there, so after a year of London life, she decided to move to Asia. What started as a 6 week holiday become a 25 year adventure in the far east. Diana pursued a career in advertising initially working as an Art Director and later as Regional Creative Manager for McCann-Erickson (Hong Kong & Malaysia) and Ogilvy & Mather (Singapore).
Working throughout Asia Pacific, she settled in Singapore in 1996, to focus on her advertising career and her fine art. Diana opened her art gallery Diana Francis Studio in 2008 in Singapore’s Worklofts in Holland Village. Today Diana Francis Studio is managed by The Cinnamon Room, since she moved back to UK in 2016.
Diana's fine art is inspired by her experiences and travels through Asia, interpreted through the eyes of a foreigner capturing the heritage behind modern day Singapore and Asia; she adds contemporary colour and Impressionistic composition to predominantly Asian themes. Her media is in oils on canvas and digital/ multimedia.
Awards and Accolades:
Olympics 2008: Olympic Medal winner in Beijing 2008 in fine art, representing UK.
Noegna Global Art Platform 2010: Gold award for best Impressionism in landscape painting.
Hi2P: Awarded the National Heritage Incentive Program by National Heritage Board, Singapore.
Her fine art is supported by the NHB (National Heritage Board Singapore), whom she works closely to support local Singapore heritage.
Awards and Accolades:
2008 - Diana won an Olympic medal for her fine art for the OFA in Beijing, China.
2010 - Diana’s paintings were commissioned to present the Singapore Sun Festival. 2011 - Diana worked as creative head for Elephant Parade Singapore
2014 - Diana was Chief Creative Officer for Elephant Parade Hong Kong
2015 - Diana works as Creative Director for Ulster Weavers merchandise
2016 - Diana's works are placed in permanent exhibition at Singapore Changi Airport's SATS lounges (terminal 1, 2 & 3)
2005 - Group (with Win-Lin Tan) Art + Gallery - Amoy Street, Singapore
2005 - Solo Show. Pearl River Gallery - River Valley Road, Singapore
2006 - Solo Show. Red Sea Gallery - American Club, Claymore Rd Singapore
2007 - Group Show (with Manjeet Shergill) - Volvo Gallery - Alexandra Road, Singapore
2008 - Group Show (with Manjeet Shergill) - American Club, Claymore Rd Singapore
2008 - Group Show, Olympic Fine Arts - Bejijing, China
2009 - Solo Show, The Shophouse, Gillman Barracks, Singapore
2010 - Solo Show, Diana Francis Studio, Holland Village, Singapore
2011 - Solo Show, Diana Francis Studio, Holland Village, Singapore
2012 - Solo Show, Singapore Sun Festival, Esplanade, Singapore
2013 - Solo Show, Diana Francis Studio, Holland Village, Singapore
2013 - Group Show, UNIFEM, Red Sea Gallery, Dempsey Hill
2014 - Solo Show, Diana Francis Studio, Holland Village, Singapore
2015 - Solo Show, Diana Francis Studio, Holland Village, Singapore
2015 - Affordable Art Fair, Singapore
2016 - Solo permanent exhibition, Singapore Changi Airport SATS Lounge
2017 - Affordable Art Fair, Singapore
2017 - Singapore: A Lasting Impression, The Cinnamon Room, Singapore
Diana Francis Studio
#02-74 Jalan Merah Saga
Block 43, S278115
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