Francis O’Toole

Francis O’Toole – Portrait of a Girl. Graphite sketch study 40x30cm.

Francis O’Toole is a Dublin based artist, who has studied in Florence, Italy. At 17 Francis was involved in an industrial accident which very nearly claimed his life. After spending over a year in hospital and rehabilitation, Francis had a number of years confused about what path to take in life,  One day out of concern for her son Francis’ mother suggested he try painting, at first Francis believe this to be silly, but slowly began to enjoy this activity. Initially working from his mind, After his father suggested he show some of his work at an exhibition around  Stephens Green in Dublin, Francis work began to receive a lot of attention and he entered a gallery Greystones , After this, there was some demand for his work, As Francis had never studied Art , He worked at a slow pace and was not satisfied with the results, It is at this time he then decided to study classical art techniques in Florence, Italy. After fours year intermittent study in Florence Italy and also studying with master artist Odd Nerdrum in Norway for a period of time  , Francis returned to Dublin where he is working full time as an artist and has gained a great amount of attention within the Art world, collected and exhibiting internationally also winning a number of highly recognized awards.