In her painting, Francesca Fuchs (born 1965, London, England) takes the pictorial tradition of the still life as her approach to the personal and sometimes intimate objects and places that occupy her life. Fuchs has stated that she is interested in how we as a culture and as individuals signal the importance of objects, and she is particularly drawn to the question of why certain objects are valued as important while others are deemed unimportant, observing that those distinctions ultimately help form familial, cultural, and national mythologies and histories. Fuchs acknowledges an archetypal sameness among objects but insists this sameness does not lessen the utter uniqueness of each object. Following this ethos, Fuchs’s practice is to repaint, with equal attention and detail, the prints, photographs, and paintings that hang on her walls, as well as the household objects she touches every day. She insists this activity is not sentimental. By imparting equality among the objects that occupy her life, Fuchs dispenses with the hierarchical system typically imposed on our objects, and her posture toward them instead is generous and inclusive.
Francesca Fuchs received her BFA (1993) from the Wimbledon School of Art, London, and her MFA (Meisterschülerin) (1993) from the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany. Born in London and raised in Münster, Francesca Fuchs moved to the U.S. in 1996 for the Core Program at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She makes paintings that consider closely the overlooked intimacies that shape our lives, giving careful attention to family relationships, objects of the everyday, quiet moments, and what art offers when it enters our personal spaces. Fuchs' work has been shown in venues including The Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (1996); The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (2000); and The Suburban, Illinois (2013). She was the 2017 Josephine Mercy Heathcote Fellow at the MacDowell Colony, New Hampshire, and Art League Houston's 2018 Texas Artist of the Year. Solo exhibitions include Inman Gallery, Houston, TX (2018); Talley Dunn Gallery, Dallas, TX (2015, 2012); Texas Gallery, Houston, TX (2013, 2010, 2005); and the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX (2007). Francesca Fuchs lives and works in Houston, TX.