Francesca Mollett*

Francesca Mollett (b. 1991, Bristol, UK) makes abstract paintings that react to space and context. Her works are reflections of light and surfaces formed through a fluid yet precise process. Compositions evolve by extracting observations from an image, which transforms in a practice of analysing the shifting passages of paint as tension between luminosity and solidity develops. Often influenced by literature, Mollett reveals a deep relationship between the ethos of life and of time, elusive and unable to be articulated through representation alone. In this, abstraction - through colour and texture - becomes an attentive way of considering these affinities. In many of her works, we see organic subjects rendered, so their defining details of difference dissolve into new yet familiar grounds. Through this careful balance of specificity, Mollett’s practice invites us into spaces of desire, understanding, and candid encounter.

Mollett received her MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art, London (UK) in 2020, having previously studied at the Royal Drawing School and Wimbledon College of Art, London (UK). Recent solo exhibitions include Noon at Pond Society, Shanghai (CN); Halves at GRIMM, Amsterdam (NL) and Low Sun at Micki Meng, San Francisco, CA (US), 2023; The Moth in the Moss at Taymour Grahne Projects, London (UK), 2022; Spiral Walking at Baert Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (US), 2022 and Wild Shade at Informality Gallery, London (UK), 2021. She was included in the group exhibition The Kingfisher’s Wing, curated by Tom Morton at GRIMM, New York, NY (US), 2022. Her work has also been featured in numerous group shows including New British Abstraction, CICA, Vancouver (CA), Considering Female Abstractions, Green Family Art Foundation, Dallas, TX (US), 2023; Sabrina, curated by Russell Tovey, Sim Smith, London (UK); New Romantics, The Artist Room at Lee Eugean Gallery, Seoul (KR); Down in Albion at L.U.P.O. Lorenzelli Projects, Milan, (IT) in 2022; Le coeur encore, The approach, London (UK), 2021; Diaries of a Climate, Baert Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (US), 2021; and London Grads Now, Saatchi Gallery, London (UK), 2020. Mollett’s work can be found in the Green Family Art Foundation, Dallas, TX (US); He Art Museum, Foshan (CN); Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL (US); K11 Art Foundation, Hong Kong (HK); Kunstmuseum, The Hague (NL); Pond Society, Shanghai (CN); the Rachofsky Collection, Dallas, TX (US); The Roberts Institute of Art, London (UK) and The University of Oxford, St Hilda’s College Art Collection, Oxford (UK), amongst others.