‘I love painting because its truthfulness never fails or diminishes, is obvious and directly expressed right at the heart of the work.’
Born in 1970, Frances Borden is known for her portraits. Borden was awarded a National Diploma in Foundation Studies from the Plymouth College of Art and Design and went on to receive a BA Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art in 1996. Borden's work has been featured in group shows since 1997 in galleries in London, California and Bath. Borden's portraits have been shown at the BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery since 1996 with her 1996, 1998 and 2000 portrait submissions all receiving prizes. She was also awarded the NatWest Prize for Art in 1995 and 1996 and the Hunting Art Prizes in 1997 and 1999. More recently, Borden has been the recipient of the Wells Art Contemporary Open Prize in 2012. Borden's first solo exhibition was a Beaux Arts Bath in 2006 and has since held solo exhibitions in Bath and London. Borden's SP40 was purchased by the Collection from the 2013 Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Competition. Another of Borden's portraits was featured in the 2017 Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize.
Frances Borden's portraits are notable for their highly detailed figures and comparatively sparce colourful backgrounds. Borden has said of her work: 'I love painting because its truthfulness never fails or diminishes, is obvious and directly expressed right at the heart of the work.'
Borden's SP40 shows the artist against one of her signature colourful backgrounds. The unique intricacies of light and shadow the artist's flesh are artfully captured in oil paint, details which are only emphasised by her use of a simple pink background.