About Francis O'Neill

Francis O’Neill is an award-winning artist based in Oxford, specialising in portraits, figures and landscapes in oils, pencil, charcoal and pastels. He teaches drawing from his studio in Magdalen Road Studios, Oxford, and accepts portrait commissions.

Francis O’NeillFrancis graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2000. In 2003 he won a scholarship from the Salford Sports and Arts Trust before becoming Artist in Residence, first at Chenderit School in Banbury in 2003-4, and then at St.Mary’s School in Wantage 2004-05 where he then became Figure Drawing Tutor. The success of these residencies led to Francis writing and presenting the television pilot “What’s so great about Turner?" In 2006 Francis won the Elizabeth Greenshields Award, a worldwide prize for figurative painting.

In 2008 Francis’s successful independent one-man exhibition, The Binsey Collection, also saw the launch of his gift book The Stick Man’s Guide to Life and Art which has now sold 1000 copies. In 2009 he was elected to be a member of Magdalen Road Studios.

Francis has taught figure-drawing at Ruskin, Trinity and Magdalen Colleges at the University of Oxford, at Manchester Metropolitan University and at Wharf House in Wallingford. He has travelled the world studying and making art, visiting major national galleries throughout Europe and beyond.