Frances Hatch

Frances Hatch

Igniting Sight: contemporary artists inspired by JMW Turner

Saturday 6 July until Sunday 8 September 2019

new paintings by Fred Cuming RA, Luke Elwes, Vanessa Gardiner, Frances Hatch  Janette Kerr PPRWA RSA Hon  Alex Lowery

furniture by Petter Southall  pottery by Richard Batterham

This summer, while JMW Turner’s painting, ‘Bridport, Dorsetshire,’ is showing at Bridport Museum, we celebrate Turner in Bridport by exploring the ways in which his influence lives on in contemporary landscape painting, particularly in the work of six artists, all of whom to some extent belong in the great descriptive English Romantic tradition which began with Turner’s truly great paintings.

Frances Hatch’s work can be seen below. Please click on an image to see details and price. Please phone us on 44 (0)1308 459511 or email on gallery@sladersyard.co.uk to enquire about any of Frances Hatch’s work. All paintings are presented framed.

Frances Hatch working near Swanage

FRANCES HATCH developed her plein air practice not only to make work outdoors but to involve the materials she finds around her in the landscape, collecting earth, rocks, minerals and litter to use as her palette. Wild fruit juices, puddle mud and raindrops bespeckle her sketchbooks. Armed simply with paper and a portable toolkit containing some gouache, watercolour or acrylic paint and a binding medium, Frances heads off to the beach often by moonlight to create her response to the place at the time she finds it.


Warm Mist Veils Swyre Head, Lulworth 38 x 88 cm

Frances Hatch studied visual art at Cambridge, Aberystwyth and Goldsmiths and has an MA in printmaking from Wimbledon College of Art. She has always painted outdoors. Her work has grown in strength and confidence following a trip to Antarctica in 2005 followed by a Research Bursary from DVA/ExLab which supported her study of the history and craft of making and consolidating pigments. She has been a senior tutor at West Dean College since 1995, has published books about her projects and contributed to other books both as an illustrator and practitioner.

She has exhibited throughout the UK and in London and had her first show at Sladers Yard in 2015. Frances was awarded the Shenzhen International Watercolour Biennial Prize at the  Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI) exhibition at the Mall Galleries 2016: ‘An award to encourage innovation and experimentation in contemporary watermedia.’


Walking West of Eype Mouth. Lovely day. 16 x 44 cm

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. Published by Sladers Yard.

4 Responses to Frances Hatch

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  4. 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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