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Frances Broomfield

Frances Broomfield was born in Warrington, Cheshire in 1951 and attended Warrington Art School 1967- 1969 and Newport College of Art 1969 to 1972. She attended Cecil Collins life classes at Central School of Art in 1990.


She has exhibited almost exclusively with Portal Painters since 1977 and her work is in public and private collections worldwide.


Her paintings are usually 10″ x 8″ in oils and tempera on wood panels.


Exhibitions include:

1988 Women’s Art Library Group Show
1989 Warrington Museum and Art Gallery Solo Exhibition “Warrington The Story and the Fable”
1991 Birmingham City Art Gallery, Crufts Dog Show Centenary Exhibition.
Warrington Museum and Art Gallery, George Formby Exhibition
1992 Bremen, Germany Two Person Show
1993 Portal Gallery, London Solo Exhibition
1994 Portals Chicago, USA Group Exhibition
1995 Portal Gallery, Enchanted Gardens Group Show
1996 Portal Gallery Gardens of Delight Group Show
1996 Warrington Museum and Art Gallery, Lewis Carroll Through the Looking Glass
1997 Portal Gallery, Flowers and Gardens Group Show
1997 Gallery 27 Cork Street, London All the World’s a Stage mixed show
1998 Steinway Gallery Raleigh NC USA Summer Show
1998 Lewis Carroll Centenary Festival Exhibition Guildford House Museum
1999 Portal Gallery London, Garden Party Exhibition
1999 Steinway Gallery USA Summer Show
2000/1 Exhibitions with Portal Gallery and Steinway Gallery
2002 Music, Music, Music Portal Gallery
Lewis Carroll Exhibition at the Salt Museum, Northwich, Nantwich Museum and
Norton Priory, Cheshire
2003/4 Portal Gallery at London Art Fair, Affordable Art Fair, Art London and C20/21 Art Fair
2005 London Art Fair, Affordable Art Fair, Art For Life, charity exhibition Christies, London,
Lewis Carroll Exhibition at Towner Gallery, Eastbourne, Music Box show at Rostra Gallery, Bath
2006/8 Art Fairs with Portal, Art For Life at Christies
2009 Work included in A Singular Vision, 50 Years of British Painting at the Portal Gallery (Wilder) Prestel
2010/12 Her painting George Formby – Speed Ace projected onto several landmark buildings across
the UK by BBC and the Public Catalogue Foundation. Art Fairs with Portal Painters, Fight for
Sight Charity Exhibition Menier Gallery, London
2014 Solo Exhibition, The Curious Invention of Lewis Carroll, Warrington Museum and Art Gallery
2015 Solo Exhibition Once Upon a Time in Wonderland Portico Library & Gallery, Manchester
2016 Cass Art Liverpool, Christmas Showcase
2016 View Two Liverpool Christmas Show
2017 Colin Jellicoe Gallery Summer Show
2018 Art Fairs with Portal Painters
2019 Grosvenor Open Exhibition Chester
Liverpool Art Fair, Metquarter Liverpool


Work in Public Collections including Warrington Museum and Art Gallery, Guildford Museum and Glasgow Museums.



1989 North West Arts, Manchester
1991 Pollock Krasner Foundation, New York
1993 Oppenheim-John Downes Trust, London
1995 London Arts Board



Her work has been used on book covers for Cape, including Russell Hoban’s cult classic the Medusa Frequency, Bodley Head, Century Hutchinson, Little, Brown, Harvard University Press, Oxford University Press, and others. She provided the artwork for the covers of Colin Dann’s series of children’s books, The Animals of Farthing Wood and illustrated Mitchell Beazley’s The Future Now by Derek and Julia Parker.


Pomegranate USA have produced two calendars of her work, 2018 Frances Broomfield Alice in Wonderland and 2019 Frances Broomfield The Gardeners calendar.


Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines display prints of her work in cabins and public areas of their ships.


Biography courtesy of the artist.