I am fascinated by the idea of creating still lifes that are not so still with objects falling, floating and flying through space - objects that seem to defy gravity. In my Accidental Encounters series, at times I create worlds within worlds by including reflective vases, combining my still (or not so still) lifes with figures and interiors. In some paintings a self-portrait will emerge, seen through the distortion of a curved, mirrored surface. The antique and ethnic toys I include were collected in my travels. They represent joy and abandon, and suggest a view through a looking glass into other times and places.
While my art includes figurative works, portraits and even an occasional mural, I always return to drawing, for its immediacy and freshness. Pencil and pen allow me to directly translate what I see and feel onto paper. In 2010 I drew A Self-Portrait a Day, 365 drawings in all, which was later exhibited at Westbeth Gallery in New York City. Ugly Fruit is an ongoing series of colored pencil pieces of unconventional vegetables and fruit, nature’s oddly shaped surprises that are actually quite beautiful. Travel is another source of inspiration and has influenced my art in unexpected ways. For example, a dramatic airplane flight over Alaska inspired my series Portraits of Glaciers from around the world.
In my artwork as I seek to defy gravity, to question the nature of beauty or to portray the character of a person or a glacier, I hope to shed light on my subjects. And as I render them, they reflect my vision.
Fran Beallor creates realistic artwork with a contemporary twist. She paints and draws still lifes that are “often not so still” with objects falling, floating and flying, as well as portraits, figurative oils, watercolors and prints, and occasional murals. She also loves to travel, collecting memories, sketches, photos and objects to use in her art.
A New York City native, Beallor has exhibited her artwork regularly in museums and galleries all over the US, including the Brattleboro Museum and the Butler Art Institute. NYC Galleries have included Sherry French and Grand Central. Art Fairs include the Affordable Art Fair and the first US Accessible Art Fair, both in NYC. In 2016 a still-life from her Accidental Encounter series joined the permanent collection of the Copelouzos Museum in Athens, Greece. Beallor also has work in New York City’s September 11Memorial Museum. She has won grants, prizes and awards for her work, including a Greenshields Grant.
Feature articles and reviews have appeared in Professional Artist, American Artist, the American Arts Quarterly and others. Beallor has been the subject of radio interviews, and a series of videos online created for the GeoBeats Master Series. She is represented in many corporate, public and private collections and recently finished several life-sized portraits and a large ceiling mural in a private apartment near the UN in New York.