I am Rachael Francis, a London based artist professionally known as The Artful Fro. For as long as I can remember, I loved drawing. My earliest memories take me back to the time my mum brought home my first pack of crayons from the factory she worked at.
My passion for art lead to me completing an Art Foundation course and a HND in Graphic Design. Although I did the odd painting during that time, it wasn't until early 2014 that I decided to pursue this beyond a casual hobby.
Working in acrylic paint is my preference and I thoroughly enjoy portrait painting. I have a fascination with faces and the things that make us individual. I started painting on canvas, but my real passion is for painting on vinyl records. I wanted to link music and art together so working on vinyl felt like a perfect combination.
Artists that inspire me include Aaron Douglas (Harlem Renaissance painter) for his illustrative storytelling style, Rembrandt (Dutch Painter) for his portraits, Vincent Van Gogh (Dutch and
Post-impressionist Painter) for his colour and Jean-Michel Basquiat (Neo-expressionism Painter) for his abstract, graffiti style and messages.
My art has given me an amazing opportunity to meet and present my artwork to my favourite celebrities including Jason Momoa, Monie Love, Tyrese Gibson, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Lord Finesse, Robert Glasper, Chuck D, Big Daddy Kane, Snoop Dogg, Pete Rock and CL Smooth, Floetry, Kevin Hart, Terrence J,
T-Pain, DJ Montay and Richard Blackwood all featured in my blog.
I have now exhibited my work in the UK, Europe and Internationally, for more details of my past and future exhibitions please go to my exhibition page.
My plans for the future.. well that's simple, keep painting! ; )
Hope you enjoy my artwork : ) xxx