In my work I embrace the challenge of recreating the world on canvas and paper. But “recreating” is only a beginning. I consider myself a writer who writes with graphite and pigment. I am always surprised by the stories that emerge and the resulting work is often more surreal and engaging than I anticipate. Portraits are rarely straightforward and still lifes are often “not so still” with objects falling, floating and flying. Fascinated by reflections which create worlds within worlds, I depict objects seen through the distortion of curved surfaces. The work invites you to enter into a world that is at once strange and familiar.
My ongoing drawing series, SELF, created over four decades , is a series of self-portraits that have become an unexpected lifetime journey. Using the vocabulary of my own forms and features, I bear witness to the changes of time, offering a broader experience of being human. Other drawing series – Portraits of Glaciers, Dead Horse Bay, and Ugly Fruit – address concern for our environment, stressed by the climate crisis.
Fran Beallor had a blast showing her 366 self portraits from 2020, and other examples of her ongoing series, SELF in a Solo Exhibition at El Barrio’s Artspace PS 109 in East Harlem, NYC in September 2022. Hung in 12 large month blocks, SELF 2020 was on view along with examples from the prior years' series and some of Beallor’s larger self-portrait paintings as well. In all over 550 drawings, paintings and prints were on display!
Beallor has been the subject of radio, in-print and online interviews, most recently in Art Spiel in conjunction with her Solo Show. Feature articles and reviews have also appeared in the American Arts Quarterly, American Artist Magazine, and others. In 2020, she won the Morgan Library and Museum’s online Portrait contest with her painting, Circle Dance. She has also received a Greenshields Grant for Excellence in Realist Art.
Beallor has a long history of exhibiting her paintings, drawings and prints in NYC and beyond. Solo and group shows include the William Carlos Williams Center for the Arts, Denise Bibro Gallery, the Brattleboro Museum, the Butler Art Institute, and the Morris Museum. Corporate, public and private collections include the 9/11 Museum and the Copelouzas Museum in Athens, Greece. Beallor attended Antioch College, the Art Students League and the Brooklyn Museum Art School. She lives and works in Manhattan. Learn more about Beallor's work in a series of video interviews dailymotion.com/search/franbeallor
Leadership, Community Engagement and Teaching
Beallor is an artist, curator, arts educator and co-leader of the New York Artists Circle/NYAC, a large downtown arts organization. In 2019 she helped design their new website, nyartistscircle.com. Helping artists get their work out to the world’s eye is part of her personal mission. Beallor loves working with people. She sits on the board of Artists Talk on Art/ATOA. She has curated online and in-person exhibitions as well as artist talks, panel discussions and open studio events for herself and fellow artists. She has run artist support groups, and has consulted with artists to help with writing and editing statements and proposals, digital portfolio preparation, website design and analysis, and other business skills necessary for an art practice. Beallor teaches art to all ages, specializing in portfolio development for high school and college. Former students attend top art programs including RISD, Parsons, SCAD, Carnegie Mellon, SAIC and Boston University, as well as LaGuardia and Frank Sinatra High Schools in NYC.