BARBARA FRANC

Barbara uses steel wire and recycled materials to create wonderfully original three dimensional animals, with birds and hares particular favourites. Any material can be incorporated into her sculptures, from tin and typewriter keys to knitting needles and cutlery. Barbara cites nineteenth century animal engravings as a key influence, as well as the movement and skeletal structure of animals both domestic and wild. 

Barbara explains; "I have always been fascinated by the shapes and sculptural forms of animals, they present a never-ending source of inspiration to me. I try to capture a feeling of their movement and presence in my sculpture. For this I use wire and other materials in a way that suggests drawing in three dimensions. This allows me greater freedom to add changes whenever I want during the construction to keep the feeling fluid and to reflect the diversity of movement and form.

I increasingly use recycled and discarded materials as I enjoy the challenge of transforming something with a past history into something new and exciting".

Barbara attended Morley College of Art in the late 1970s where she studied under illustrious names such as John Bellany and Maggie Hambling. She went on to study sculpture at Richond College under Avril Vellacott and cites Mary Orrom as her greatest influence. Barbara's work is displayed in many galleries throughout the U.K. including The Smithy Gallery, Glasgow, One Church Street Gallery, Bucks., The Albion Gallery, Chipping Norton and The Pinkfoot Gallery, Norfolk. A recent solo exhibition at the Union Gallery, Edinburgh was a near sell-out and in 2014 her work has been shown at both the Chelsea and Hampton Court Flower Shows. 


BARBARA FRANC

CARRIAGE HORSE

Recycled Materials

52 x 67 x 18cm

BARBARA FRANC

RED SQUIRREL I

Recycled Decorative Tin

48cm L x 18cm D x 19cm W

BARBARA FRANC

FISHOEK THE CAT

Recycled Materials and Found Objects

44 H x 53 L x 18 W cm

BARBARA FRANC

RUFUS

Recycled Materials

60 H x 60 L x 36 W cm

BARBARA FRANC

RED SQUIRREL II

Recycled Decorative Tin

46 L x 23 D x 17cm W

BARBARA FRANC

ROBIN

Recycled Decorative Tin

Little larger than lifesize

BARBARA FRANC

BLUE TIT

Recycled Decorative Tin

Little larger than lifesize

BARBARA FRANC

WREN

Recycled Decorative Tin

Little larger than lifesize

BARBARA FRANC

LONG TAILED TITMICE

Recycled Decorative Tin

Little larger than lifesize

BARBARA FRANC

PURPLE CORTINARIUS

Recycled Decorative Tin

30cm high

BARBARA FRANC

PENNY BUN

Recycled Decorative Tin

19cm high

BARBARA FRANC

FLY AGARIC

Recycled Decorative Tin

20cm high

BARBARA FRANC

SHAGGY INK CAP

Recycled Decorative Tin

30cm high

BARBARA FRANC

SHAGGY DOG TALE

Recycled Fabrics & Tapestries

60 H x 60 L x 36 W cm

BARBARA FRANC

KINGFISHER

Recycled Decorative Tin

Little larger than lifesize

BARBARA FRANC

HEMINGWAY'S MARLIN

Mixed Media

120cm long, 60cm high, 25cm deep

BARBARA FRANC

SCOTTISH DEERHOUND

Vintage Tweed Textiles over Wire

66cm high, 80cm long, 36cm wide

BARBARA FRANC

ZEBRA FOAL 'SAVANNAH'

Recycled Decorative Tin

115cm H x 100cm L x 40cm W

BARBARA FRANC

ALL THAT GLITTERS

Recycled Materials

38 H x 40 W x 25cm D

BARBARA FRANC

BLUE TIT IN A BELL JAR

Recycled Materials

22m high, 13cm diameter

BARBARA FRANC

CHAFFINCH

Recycled Decorative Tin

Little larger than lifesize

BARBARA FRANC

NUTHATCH

Recycled Decorative Tin

Little larger than lifesize

BARBARA FRANC

GREAT TIT

Recycled Decorative Tin

Little larger than lifesize

BARBARA FRANC

BULLFINCH

Recycled Decorative Tin

Little larger than lifesize

BARBARA FRANC

GOLDFINCH

Recycled Decorative Tin

Little larger than lifesize

BARBARA FRANC

RED SQUIRREL III

Recycled Decorative Tin

50cm L x 16cm W x 21cm H