Francis Sills was born and raised in central New Jersey, relocating to Charleston, SC in May of 2011. Exposed to the wonders of the natural world at an early age through hiking and fishing, his childhood was spent drawing and constructing things out of cardboard. Both his grandfathers were good with their hands; one as a watercolorist, the other with carpentry and building. His ongoing series "The flora" utilizes the flowers and plants from his home garden. Some are painted plein air while others are in containers brought into the studio and juxtaposed with various shaped mirrors and objects. During his residency, the artist will continue augmenting the reality of the flora through set ups, which both multiply the forms and fracture the space. Museum Visitors will encounter paintings that begin to grow alongside the plants and flowers in front of them.
Sills is an adjunct faculty member at the College of Charleston where he teaches drawing and painting. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally, and his work is in many private collections.
Public Studio Hours
Tuesday 11 am - 2 pm
Thursday 11 am - 2 pm
Saturday 1 - 5 pm
The Gibbes Visiting Artist Series complements our exhibition program and promotes creativity, new art forms, and offers perspective on larger community issues. The program features contemporary artists whose work contributes to a new understanding of art in the South.
Support for our Visiting Artist Series is generously provided by Art Bridges, Art Mag, SC Arts Commission, and the Henry and Sylvia Yaschik Foundation.
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