Fran Alexander
Acrylic, and Mixed Media Artist


Photo taken by: Rennie Brown

Fran Alexander, a Vancouver based painter, always knew she wanted to be an artist.  Her earliest memory at the age of three was sitting on her grandmother’s knee stringing glass beads, mesmerized by all the colors and the dance of light from their shiny surfaces.  Taking every art class she could throughout elementary and high school, Fran carried on her artistic endeavors at the University of British Columbia, graduating as a teacher of art.

Fran has travelled the world, painting passionately in Vancouver, teaching art in Toronto, in Luxembourg for nearly a decade, and the rare opportunity of having taught in the Northwest Territories.  As a member of the Inuvik Arts and Crafts Council for three years, Fran ardently promoted cultural enrichment in the North.  Her presentations at the teachers’ conferences were richly informed by her classroom experience, and composed primarily of Inuvialuit, Gwich’in, and Metis children. Fran has said her time in the “Land of the Midnight Sun” was one of the most rewarding experiences of her life.

Fran expresses her passion for art with an architectural eye through the heart of a poet, creating floral compositions so keenly represented as to almost conjure scent.  Her still life recreations quietly inhabit the soul and her whimsical food representations are realistic enough to eat.  A skillful use of colour, form, and balance are a testament to training, and diligent application, and her limitless subject matter is a constant muse, urging her ever onward to masterfully render paintings that are simply put, exquisite.

Fran has been awarded AFCA ( Associate Federation of Canadian Artists) Signature Status with the Federation of Canadian Artists.  My paintings are found in private collections in Canada, the United States, Luxembourg, and Iceland. 

Awards  

2018-  Honorable Mention, Federation of Canadian Artists, Canvas Unbound, On Thin Ice
2017 - Honorable Mention, Seymour Art Gallery, Balance Art Show, Retreat
2017 - Award of Excellence, FCA Fraser Valley Chapter, Spring Show, Reflecting Light 1
2016 - Third Place, Federation of Canadian Artists, Eggscentric
2015 - Honorable Mention, Federation of Canadian Artists, Pink Peonies and Bud
2015 - Artistic Achievement, South Delta Artists Guild, Canadian Flag
2015 - Third Place, North Vancouver Community Arts Council, Flirtatious Pears
2015 - Featured in 2016 Calendar, Federation of Canadian Artists, Canadian Flag 

 

Shows Juried
I am honoured to have been selected juror for the following art shows. 

2018 -  FCA, Small, Smaller, Smallest Show
2017 - FCA Show, The Active Members Show
2017 - Calgary FCA Chapter show, All Things Spring
2017 - Peace River FCA Chapter show, Our Home and Native Land
2017-  FCA, Crossing Boundaries
2017 - FCA, O Canada
2017-  FCA, Painting on the Edge
2017 - FCA, Summer Gallery
2016 - West Kootenay Chapter FCA Show, Off the Wall

Past Shows

2018

CityScape Community Art Space, Journey of the Salmon
CityScape Community Art Space, Art Rental Show
CityScape Community Art Space, Abstract Realism
8th Annual Mid Main Art Fair
Artists in Our Midst, Kits House
Federation of Canadian Artists, Wildlife
North Shore Art Crawl
Federation of Canadian Artists, 
Canvas Unbound
Awarded Honourable Mention
The North Vancouver Community Art Council Art Rental Show

2017

Federation of Canadian Artists, The AFCA Medal Show
The Anonymous ART Show, North Vancouver Community Arts Council
The East Side Culture Crawl, The Portside Studios
LIT, The East Side Culture Crawl Preview Show, The ARTS Factory
The West Fine Art Show, The Glass House Estate Winery
Federation of Canadian Artists, Ten Squared
Federation of Canadian Artists, Summer Gallery
Federation of Canadian Artists, Limitless Online Gallery
Federation of Canadian Artists, O Canada Show
7th Annual Mid Main Art Fair
North Vancouver Community Arts Council, Art in the Garden
Art in the City, Annual Art Show and Sale
Federation of Canadian Artists, Abstract Show
FCA Fraser Valley Chapter, Spring Exhibition, 
Award of Excellence
Federation of Canadian Artists, Artist Choice Show
Seymour Art Gallery, Balance
Awarded Honorable Mention

2016

Federation of Canadian Artists, Ten Square
The 12th Annual Anonymous ART Show, North Vancouver Community Arts Council
Eastside Culture Crawl,Portside Studios, Vancouver BC
Federation of Canadian Artists, Concept Art Show
Federation of Canadian Artists, AIRS, Annual International Representational Show
Federation of Canadian Artists, The 75th FCA Signature Celebration and Exhibition
Van Dusen Botanical Garden's Discovery Room, The Nature of Art
Art Rental Show at the City Scape Gallery
Silk Purse Arts Centre, Art in the Garden Group Show
Federation of Canadian Artists, CanCon Art Show
Federation of Canadian Artists, Annual International Mail In Art Exhibition
Third Place Award
7th Annual Mid Main Art Fair, Heritage Hall
Federation of Canadian Artists, Limitless Art Show
North Vancouver Community Arts Council, Art in the Garden Show
Federation of Canadian Artists, Culture Art Show
Federation of Canadian Artists, Success! Signature Art Show
Federation of Canadian Artists, Active Members Art Show


2015

Jericho Arts Centre, Solo Art Show
The 11th Annual Anonymous ART Show, North Vancouver Community Arts Council
Federation of Canadian Artists, Ten Squared Art Show
Federation of Canadian ArtistsICON Art Show
Federation of Canadian ArtistsAnnual International Representational Show, AIRS 2015
The City Scape Gallery, Art Rental Show
Oil and Water Juried Art Show, 2015, Gallery 1710, South Delta Artist Guild
Artist Achievement Award
Federation of Canadian Artists, Artist in Residence
Federation of Canadian ArtistsSummer Gallery 2015
Federation of Canadian Artists, Small, Smaller, Smallest 
Heritage Hall, 6th Annual Mid Main Art Fair
Federation of Canadian Artists, National Crossing Boundaries Art Exhibition 2015
Federation of Canadian Artists, Canvas Unbound Show
Federation of Canadian Artists,  Florals and Foliage Show
Honorable Mention awarded to: Pink Peonies and Bud
Federation of Canadian Artists, Artist Choice Show
Federation of Canadian Artists, Active Members Show
 

2014

Gallery at Hycroft, Group exhibit of current works
North Vancouver Community Arts Council, The 10th Annual Anonymous ART Show
Federation of Canadian Artists, Ten Squared
Artist in Residence, Federation Gallery
Federation of Canadian Artists, Small, Smaller, Smallest Show
Federation of Canadian Artists, Foliage and Flowers Show
Discovery Room at the Visitors Centre in Van Dusen Botanical Gardens, Poetic Illumination

Yosef Work Library + Resource Centre at Van Dusen Botanical Gardens, Solo exhibition 
Federation of Canadian Artists, Canvas Unbound Show
Federation of Canadian Artists, Artists Choice Show
Federation of Canadian Artists, Active Members' Show
 
Donations
2017 - Lions Gate Hospital Healing Power of Art Program, permanent collection
2017 - BC Children's Hospital Foundation
2016 - FCA, Paint By Numbers fundraising event
2015-2016 - Young Life of Canada
2014 - Kate Booth House, Salvation Army
 

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