Frances Hatch

Frances Hatch


15 July – 2 September 2023

Frances Hatch is acclaimed for her radical and innovative approach to landscape painting. Each of her pictures is a moment of time in a particular place. Materials from that place will be included in the picture, which is made there and then, every element reflecting what she found when she was there. We are delighted to offer a carefully selected group of Frances’ paintings.

If you would like a notification when Frances Hatch’s new work is available to view and buy online, and an invitation to the events connected to the exhibition, please let us know on or call 01308 459511.

Frances Hatch’s new paintings are now available to reserve or buy. Please phone us on 44 (0)1308 459511 or email with any enquiries.

FRANCES HATCH works both en plein air and in her Dorset studio. Her reflective practice grows in ever deeper connection with landscape. Her work is site-responsive, integrating site materials, which she is expert at converting into lasting pigments, with water-based media, gouache, acrylic or watercolour.

‘I consider my pieces to be the product of team-work in which the weather and the personality of place participate. Each site suggests, and often offers, its own palette, demanding something particular of me.’ Frances Hatch

Frances Hatch at work

Frances studied visual art at Cambridge, Aberystwyth and Goldsmiths Art Colleges and has an MA in printmaking from Wimbledon College of Art. She has always loved to paint outdoors. She has been a senior tutor at West Dean College since 1995. In 2005, a trip to Antarctica inspired a new body of work and her first booklet. That same year a Research Bursary from DVA/ExLab supported her study of the history and craft of making and consolidating pigments. Frances has published a number of books about her projects and has also contributed to a number of other books both as an illustrator and practitioner.

Frances has exhibited widely throughout the UK including repeatedly in highly regarded competitive London group exhibitions including the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, the Works on Paper Fair, The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours (RI) and the Ing Discerning Eye Exhibition at the Mall Galleries, and the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.The two pieces hung in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (2016) were placed in a gallery described by its curator, Jock McFayden RA, as ‘radical landscape’.  Also in 2016, Frances was awarded the Shenzhen International Watercolour Biennial Prize at the RI exhibition at the Mall Galleries. This is ‘an award to encourage innovation and experimentation in contemporary watermedia.’ In 2020 she curated a show of her paintings with ceramics by world-class potters entitled The Common Ground at the Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham. Frances has shown regularly at Sladers Yard since 2015.

The booklet Chesil Moons with words by Frances Hatch, a new poem by Elisabeth Bletsoe and foreword by Steve Batty is available at £12 plus £1.50 p&p within UK.  32 pages. Full colour throughout. 14.6 x 19 cm.

Please call 01308 459511 or email to enquire about any of Frances Hatch’s work.

8 Responses to Frances Hatch

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  2. David Wills says:

    Not only is frances an interesting artist but she is always pleasant to talk to & never seems rushed.i’m impressed by her down to earth approach & enjoy her art.


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  8. Janette bell says:

    Frances, beautiful meaningful and inspiring thoughtful work .thank you for giving so much of yourself in your art.


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