Francesca Fuchs makes paintings about place and self, looking to the emotional and intellectual intimacies of self-reflection through motherhood, friendships, domestic objects and spaces, and art historical references. Drawing from themes of memory, family, and home, Fuchs's work is expansive in scale, from small canvases to public murals, and is characterized by a subdued palette, gentle lines, and gestural brushwork. Her subtlety of gesture and color underscores a rigorous investigation--over three decades--of the significance and traditions of painting, as they might be understood from interior experience.
Born in London and raised in Münster, Fuchs moved to Houston in 1996 for the Core Residency Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She received her BFA from the Wimbledon School of Art in London in 1993 and her Meisterschülerin from the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in 1995. Fuchs's painting has been awarded two Artadia Awards, four individual artist grants through the Houston Arts Alliance and the City of Houston, and the Hunting Art Prize. She is the 2017 Josephine Mercy Heathcote Fellow at the MacDowell Colony, and Art League Houston's 2018 Texas Artist of the Year.
Fuchs's work has been shown in national and international venues including The Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; The Suburban, Illinois; with a solo show at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, in 2007. In 2017, Fuchs attended the MacDowell Colony, painted a large-scale exterior mural at Lawndale Art Center, and had work included in American Genre: Contemporary Painting at ICA MECA in Portland, Maine. She also curated the first retrospective exhibition of work by Houston painter Chickie Brown for Art League Houston. In September 2018, Fuchs opens two concurrent exhibitions in Houston: Something at Art League and How to Tell the Truth and Painting at Inman Gallery. She teaches painting at the Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and is represented by Inman Gallery, Houston, and Talley Dunn Gallery, Dallas.