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Frances Ferdinands

Frances Ferdinands is a Canadian artist. She holds a Visual Arts degree from York University, an A.R.C.T. (Piano) from the Royal Conservatory of Music, and Education degree from University of Toronto. As a young Art student she was co-editor of Eclectic Eve: a Collection of Fifty Interviews with Toronto Women Artists. (Coach House Press, 1973). Noted American art historian and critic Lucy Lippard wrote, “Eclectic Eve is a book I’ve often used and much enjoyed. I wish other cities would do the same.” Ferdinands’ paintings are featured in two Artbooks: Rethinking Acrylic” (Northlight Books, 2008) and Acrylic Innovation (Northlight Books, 2010). She created the winning design for the 2017 Diwali commemorative coin and the 2019 Gold Multi-Cultural Coin “celebrating Diversity and Light” for the Royal Canadian Mint. Ferdinands has exhibited her work for over three decades across Canada and the United States and as far afield as New York, Paris, Bogota, London, and Honolulu. She is the recipient of many Arts Council Grants. Her paintings are held in private, corporate, and museum collections. In 2015 and 2017, Ferdinands returned to her homeland to be mentored in traditional arts and crafts studying temple mural painting, bobbin lace making, and mask making. This experience served to enrich her understanding of her Sri Lankan heritage and sense of place within it. The experience also spawned new work including the “Atomizer” collection – a series of 10 works which the ROM purchased. Her most recent paintings, the “Cultural Intersections” series hover between representation and abstraction and feature a mix of Western, Middle Eastern, and South Asian imagery and patterning. Colourful, active and densely layered they celebrate within a contemporary framework the long and overlapping traditions of decoration and craftsmanship that are the underpinnings of many non-western cultures. In early 2019 she was awarded a Chalmers Fellowship to travel to London England to study Islamic Patterning. The knowledge gained further expanded her focus on the exploration of visual cultural differences and cross-cultural fertilization and speaks of the “in-between” of varied social and cultural realities she inhabits.
Creator Id: 208
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Virtual Collection: Original CCCA
City: Toronto
Country: Canada
Type of Creator: Artist
Gender: Female
Mediums: drawing, painting
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Work by Frances Ferdinands

A Question of Honour

Work ID: 19799

Measurements: 121.92 x 243.84 cm

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Television – Reflection In/Of

Work ID: 19800

Measurements: 127 x 182.88 cm

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Of the Wrong Stripe

Work ID: 19801

Measurements: 152.4 x 91.44 cm

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Night to Day

Work ID: 19803

Measurements: 142.24 x 114.3 cm

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On a Mighty Mission

Work ID: 19802

Measurements: 152.4 x 81.28 cm

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The Space Between

Work ID: 19804

Measurements: 200.66 x 134.62 cm

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Mysterious Travellers

Work ID: 19805

Measurements: 160.02 x 109.22 cm

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They Say the Earth is Round

Work ID: 19806

Measurements: 142.24 x 91.44 cm

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Celestial Orbs

Work ID: 54904

Measurements: 121.92 x 91.44 cm/po

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Knockout

Work ID: 19809

Measurements: 121.92 x 167.64 cm

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User Friendly

Work ID: 19808

Measurements: 101.6 x 121.92 cm

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Ambassador Bridge

Work ID: 19813

Measurements: 91.44 x 152.4 cm

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Chevrolet

Work ID: 19810

Measurements: 86.36 x 121.92 cm

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Hibiscus

Work ID: 19811

Measurements: 86.36 x 142.24 cm

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Blue Room

Work ID: 19807

Measurements: 91.44 x 60.96 cm

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Transporter

Work ID: 19814

Measurements: 91.44 x 167.64 cm

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Steep Grade

Work ID: 19812

Measurements: 152.4 x 91.44 cm

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Hope & Suffering

Work ID: 54905

Measurements: 152.4 x 91.44 cm/po

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Aloe

Work ID: 19815

Measurements: 121.92 x 76.2 cm

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Rose of the Thorns

Work ID: 19816

Measurements: 76.2 x 127 cm

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Yellow Canna Lily

Work ID: 54906

Measurements: 152.4 x 91.44 cm/po

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Artifacts

Work ID: 19818

Measurements: 91.44 x 167.64 cm

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untitled (cactus)

Work ID: 19817

Measurements: 101.6 x 142.24 cm

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Affirmation I

Work ID: 54907

Measurements: 71.12 x 101.6 cm/po

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Nemesia

Work ID: 54908

Measurements: 81.28 x 81.28 cm/po

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Re-Presentation

Work ID: 19819

Measurements: 152.4 x 81.28 cm

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Sentinel

Work ID: 19821

Measurements: 91.44 x 152.4 cm

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untitled (zebras)

Work ID: 19820

Measurements: 81.28 x 167.64 cm

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Poppies & Pines

Work ID: 19822

Measurements: 71.12 x 81.28 cm

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Dune #2

Work ID: 19823

Measurements: 71.12 x 121.92 cm

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Relic

Work ID: 19826

Measurements: 106.68 x 60.96 cm

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Indoor Rock Garden

Work ID: 19824

Measurements: 106.68 x 71.12 cm

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Economic Rationality

Work ID: 19825

Measurements: 81.28 x 81.28 cm

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Corporate Jungle

Work ID: 19827

Measurements: 167.64 x 91.44 cm

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Divine Light

Work ID: 54909

Measurements: 45.72 x 60.96 cm/po

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Untitled

Work ID: 54910

Measurements: 45.72 x 60.96 cm/po

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Green Coconuts

Work ID: 54911

Measurements: 60.96 x 91.44 cm/po

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Study #1

Work ID: 54912

Measurements: 30.48 x 40.64 cm/po

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Bed

Work ID: 19832

Measurements: 91.44 x 60.96 cm

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Palm Breeze

Work ID: 19829

Measurements: 91.44 x 132.08 cm

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Duchess

Work ID: 19828

Measurements: 91.44 x 116.84 cm

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Precious Cargo

Work ID: 19831

Measurements: 137.16 x 60.96 cm

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Seeking Sanctuary

Work ID: 19834

Measurements: 121.92 x 60.96 cm

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Stuck

Work ID: 19830

Measurements: 91.44 x 121.92 cm

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Quarry & Quandary

Work ID: 19833

Measurements: 78.74 x 116.84 cm

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Night Drop

Work ID: 19835

Measurements: 91.44 x 121.92 cm

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The Collection

Work ID: 19836

Measurements: 91.44 x 91.44 cm

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Remnants of Home

Work ID: 19838

Measurements: 104.14 x 142.24 cm

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Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

Work ID: 19837

Measurements: 101.6 x 104.14 cm

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Hibiscus II

Work ID: 54913

Measurements: 76.2 x 76.2 cm/po

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Bewitched

Work ID: 54915

Measurements: 91.44 x 137.16 cm/po

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Insider

Work ID: 54917

Measurements: 121.92 x 182.88 cm/po

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Balcony

Work ID: 54914

Measurements: 91.44 x 121.92 cm

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America

Work ID: 54916

Measurements: 91.44 x 167.64 cm/po

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Adornment

Work ID: 54918

Measurements: 76.2 x 167.64 cm

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Standards

Work ID: 54919

Measurements: 91.44 x 152.4 cm/po

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Onion/Skin/Paper

Work ID: 54921

Measurements: 101.6 x 76.2 cm/po

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Precious Cargo II

Work ID: 54920

Measurements: 147.32 x 60.96 cm/po

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Seduction

Work ID: 54922

Measurements: 91.44 x 185.42 cm/po

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Feed Me, Free Me

Work ID: 66730

Description: Food For Thought Series

Measurements: 58.42 x 78.74 cm

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Tell Me More Lies

Work ID: 66729

Description: Food For Thought Series

Measurements: 101.6 x 76.2 cm

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Catch

Work ID: 66731

Description: Food For Thought Series

Measurements: 91.44 x 60.96 cm

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Comer

Work ID: 66733

Description: Food For Thought Series

Measurements: 91.44 x 60.96 cm

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7-Day Wonder

Work ID: 66735

Description: Food For Thought Series

Measurements: 63.5 x 96.52 cm

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Blessing Of The Bread

Work ID: 66734

Description: Food For Thought Series

Measurements: 121.92 x 71.12 cm

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Loaves & (Extinct) Fishes

Work ID: 66732

Description: Food For Thought Series

Measurements: 91.44 x 91.44 cm

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Becoming One

Work ID: 66736

Description: Food For Thought Series

Measurements: 76.2 x 76.2 cm

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Red Buddha

Work ID: 66737

Description: Food For Thought Series

Measurements: 76.2 x 76.2 cm

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