A prolific painter, Patrick Francis works primarily in acrylic on paper. His paintings draw on personal experiences and encounters as well as a rich knowledge of popular culture and art history, often inspired by the work of artists such as Velazquez, Vermeer, Goya and Rubens. Bold in their colour palette, the refined and expressive portraits range from studies of well-known celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe to icons of fifteenth century Italian Renaissance such as author Baldassare Castiglione. Patrick Francis (1991) has worked as a studio artist at Arts Project Australia since 2009 and had his first solo exhibition in the Arts Project gallery in 2014. He has been included in numerous group shows including ‘Salon; gems from the stockroom’, Robin Gibson Gallery; ‘Melbourne Now’, The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Melbourne; and ‘Connected’, Yarra Gallery, Federation Square, Melbourne. He was a recipient of the Art & Australia/Credit Suisse Private Banking Contemporary Art Award in 2012 and is held in numerous private collections.