I was born and educated in London, and was a student at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, from 1965 until 1969.
The Slade at the time was small and many of the tutors were artists of the highest rank, especially in the printmaking department where the complex and varied techniques of etching, lithography and silkscreen were expertly taught, with equal emphasis on traditional methods, high quality materials, and innovative techniques. Amongst the inspiring teachers were Antony Gross and Bartolomeu dos Santos, etchers of international renown and technical brilliance. These artists were part of the boom in printmaking during the sixties and seventies and had some of their editions printed at Studio Prints, an atelier set up by Slade graduates, in North London, where I worked for some years.
The work at Studio Prints involved proofing with artists; this entails mixing colours and printing the artists’ plates while they would check the printing details to ensure that everything was to their satisfaction. Proofing subsequently entails printing the required number of prints for the edition. It was a period of hard work learning a great deal about etching and making the important first steps in the professional art world. A spell of teaching helped to provide more time for Frances’ own work and during the 70’s, Islington Studio provided the venue for a shared workshop used by artists from around the world with a great exchange of ideas and techniques.
I continue to exhibit my work in group and individual shows in England and the rest of the world. My subjects are traditional: landscape and architecture. The landscape is now focused on the area of Herefordshire in which I have lived for the past twenty years, my print making strengthened by drawing and painting outside directly from the subject. The emphasis on traditional technique and the highest standards in printing, instilled at the Slade and strengthened through experience, have remained constants in my work.
I am a dedicated printmaker and believes that artists’ prints offer the general public a real opportunity to buy art of quality and interest at an affordable price. All the work displayed on my website has been printed by me in my own studio.
Frances St Clair Miller
Born 15 Feb 1947 in Croydon, UK
1965-1969 Slade School of Fine Art. University College London. Slade Diploma
1969-1972 Studio Prints, London. (Master Printer)
1972-1974 Sir John Cass College, London. Teaching Printmaking
1973-1976 Octopus Press Islington Studio. (Working with Hugh Stoneman)
2001-2002 Artist’s Access to Art Colleges Scheme, Hereford College of Art and Design
1970 Studio Prints, London; subject of a BBC documentary film.
1971 Katovice Grafice, Poland
1973 Galleria della Rocca, Torino, Italy; “Stampe Inglese Oggi”
1974 Solo Exhibition Bohun Gallery, Henley on Thames
1975 Solo Exhibition Islington Graphics Gallery, London
1977 Philadelphia Print ClubInternational Show, USA
1978 and 1979 Solo Exhibitions Graffiti Gallery, London
1980 and 1988 8th and12th Krakow Print Biennales, Poland
1981 Grafica Creativa, Jyvaskyla, Finland. (Invited Artist)
1983 Tolly Cobbold- EasternArts, 4th National Exhibition
1986 9th Bradford Print Biennale
1970-1986 Works hung in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions
1987 17th Ljubljana Print Biennale, Slovenia
1990 and 1993 Solo Exhibitions, Courtyard Gallery, Cheltenham
1991 Slade Ladies, Vintage ’69, Mall Galleries, London
1992 Solo Exhibition Hereford City Art Gallery
1993 “Lasting Impressions”, Bath Printmakers Open Exhibition
1993-6 Printmakers Council Touring Exhibitions, U.K. and France
1993 “Working in the Country” Bleddfa, Old School Gallery, Wales
1993 1st International Print Biennale, Maastricht, The Netherlands
1994 and 2009 Royal West of England Academy Open Print Exhibition, Bristol
1995-2003 National Print Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
1996 and 1999 Deutsche Internationale Grafik Triennale, Frechen
1996 “Women Travellers” Bleddfa, Old School Gallery Wales
1997 and 1998 Parkfields Gallery, Pontshill, Ross-on –Wye
2001 Solo Exhibition Trevelyan Gallery, Durham University
2001 Solo Exhibition The Gallery at The Drawing Room, Pershore
2001-2015 Mini-Print Internationals, Cadaquès, Spain. Finalist 2015
2007 Wrexham Print International
2008 – 2010 Originals 08 , 09 and10. Mall Galleries, London
2010 “Treescapes”, The Barker Gallery, Pontypool
2012 RE Open Bankside Gallery, London
2012 Brecon and Monmouth Canal 150 Years.Group Exhibition Brecon Theatre
2016 Leicester Print Workshop. Small Print Open Exhibition
2016 Work selected for “The Masters” etching exhibition at Bankside Gallery, London
Works published and commissioned by I.C.L., Graffiti, Pallas Prints, Shell Oil U.K., John Szoke Graphics, New York, P and O Cruises for the superliner, “Oriana”, Liberty Mutual Insurance U.K., and MBNA International Bank