Frances Costelloe

Frances Costelloe was born and raised in North London. She has always been a maker inspired by her family’s skill in selling and restoring antique textiles and clothing. Working primarily in Indian ink on paper she uses free line drawing to revisit motifs such as the face, shells and the female form. 

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Frances's Style

Both her grandparents were painters and this fostered an environment where art and creativity were always of high importance. Her Statues Series for Partnership Editions takes inspiration from numerous trips taken with her baby to the V&A and their walks up and down the British Sculpture Gallery. Revisiting this space she is able to reinterpret these classical forms within a more modern context using her signature Indian ink along with other colourful re-imaginings. 


‘I have always found the V&A a great source of inspiration. When glazing ceramics I often look back on classical paintings and statues as references for my work. I enjoyed studying Classics at school and love all the secret meanings in the attributes and myths within these works. Having a small baby I found the statues a great source to draw from and the stillness of these pieces calming, which encouraged me to get back into painting’ 


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"The simplicity of a black line has kept me coming back again and again to Indian ink brush drawing. I also love working with Ultramarine blue and am experimenting with working on different coloured papers as a way of bringing new hues and tones into my work. I am currently working on a way of combining pastels and ink and am revisiting the theme of flowers in the same fluted vase. I recently hosted a series of Indian ink drawing classes focusing on the key themes in my work the face and still life. I loved watching the room interpret my favourite objects to draw from such as my collection of scallop shells and the new addition my conch." - Frances Costelloe

Drop 3 - High Summer 2020

“For my first collection since having my new baby, I have revisited the theme of my previous statues series for Partnership Editions. This time I have focused on busts from the British Museum and Roman Corinthian columns. I love the extreme shadows that the light can cast across the stone faces of classical busts and have made the classical modern by using bright colours. I have enjoyed venturing into watercolours combined with water soluble pencils as well as my usual inks for these new works on paper. This collection has taken my painting to a larger scale than I have ever worked before and I have loved playing with varied tones of single colours." - Frances Costelloe, Classical Busts & Corinthian Columns, Portraits with Large Brushstrokes

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