Frances Semple

"Sculpture is quite simply what I like to do.  My pieces are a reflection of how I look at the world around me and what intrigues me. One of my long standing curiosities is the way internal and external forces pass through our lives leaving their mark like weather on a landscape. I use the human figure as a vehicle to explore the form and textures from these observations." 

A resident of Victoria, BC, Frances Semple has evolved from the two-dimensionality of painting into the world of sculpture.  Her arresting figures display textures suggestive of eras past and present, body postures and facial expressions evocative of wisdom.  Forms appear fragile yet enduring, emerging from torsos frequently interrupted by fractures or voids, simultaneously vulnerable and full of anticipation. 

Frances Semple was born in Scotland in 1956, and grew up in Brampton, Ontario.

She studied sculpture and mould making at Ontario College of Art in Toronto, as well as studies in Florence, Italy and Edinburgh, Scotland.  After college, Frances worked as a scenic painter with the Canadian Opera Company and the film industry while maintaining a studio to continue her sculpture.  

In 1989, she moved to Vancouver to focus on her career as a freelance artist.

As a sculptor Frances works with the human form finding a never ending source of inspiration.  She has experimented with different materials over the years, from working with paper and wire to her current mediums - concrete, hydrastone, polymer gypsum and welded metal.

Frances currently lives in Victoria BC.

1995-96  Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver, BC; industrial design, photography, printmaking
1979-82  Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, ON
1977  Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland
1976  Ontario College of Art; Florence, Italy- student exchange
1975-77  Ontario College of Art, Toronto, ON
Solo Exhibitions
2008     Winchester Galleries, Victoria BC
2004     Sunshine Coast Arts Center, Sechelt, BC
2002     Xchanges,Victoria, BC
1992     Glass Slipper Jazz Bar, Vancouver, BC
1990/91   Paper Ya, Vancouver, BC
Group Exhibitions
2010       Semple & Stockbrideg: Figure and Ground, Elliott Louis Gallery, Vancouver, BC
2007       SOFA Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; represented by Sculpturesite Gallery
2007       Form and Forum, Coquitlam, BC
2006       E3 Gallery, New York, NY
2006       On Canvas Gallery, Victoria, BC
2005       Sculpturesite, San Francisco, CA
2004       New Leaf Gallery, Berkeley, CA
2004       Sunshine Coast Arts Center, Sechelt, BC
2003       Fran Willis Gallery, Victoria, BC; a collaborative performance and art exhibit
2002       Vancouver International Airport, Vancouver, BC
2002       Victoria Community Arts Council, Victoria, BC
2002       Xchanges, Victoria, BC
2001       Xchanges, Victoria BC
2001       BC Festival of the Arts, Fort St John, BC
2001       Victoria Community Arts Council, Victoria, BC
2001       Annual Juried Exhibit, BC, Canada - Award of Excellence
1991       Ontario Craft’s Council, Toronto, Ont., Canada
1990       Surrey Art Gallery : “Functional Art”, Surrey, BC
1990       Canadian Craft Museum: “ Made by Hand” Vancouver, BC
1990       Provenance, Calgary, AB
Media Coverage
2004       Coast Cable 11 - Arts Review - television interview
2003       CH TV– Go Magazine – television interview
2002       Victoria News: Arts and Entertainment w/ Ingrid Paulsen
2002       Shaw Cable - television interview
1992       Country Homes Magazine
1991       Interiors and Architectural Magazine,
1991       Playboard Magazine
1990       Vancouver Sun, Saturday Review w/ Ann Rosenburg
1990       Western Living Magazine
1990       Homes and Ideas Magazine: featured artist
1990       CBC Art Beat - radio interview,