Francis van Hout

2009 Won The Sawtell prize (Paintings)
1987 Graduate in Diploma of Visual Communication – Christchurch Polytechnic

Francis vanHout - Raceway Space
Raceway Space – Christchurch, 2017
Oil on board, 285 x 420mm

Francis vanHout - Spaceway Race
Spaceway race – Christchurch, 2017
Oil on board, 365 x 465mm


Francis van Hout/F. Van Hout (b.1963, Christchurch, New Zealand), grew up in Aranui (Christchurch) until the 70’s before moving to the Mairehau/Marshlands area. He attended Mairehau High School where he became interested in the Arts. He went on to Graduate with a Diploma of Visual Communication from the Christchurch Polytechnic in 1987 in the subjects of Photography, Design and Printmaking. In 2009, he attended the IIam School of Fine Arts where he studied Painting and won The Sawtell prize for Painting in his second year. Francis has worked as a Graphic Designer, Photographer, Animation Director and as a Technical Director for various Design, Film and Television companies around New Zealand.

His medium at present is Painting but he also uses Photography and Multimedia in his visual art practice. He has exhibited Locally, Nationally and Internationally, in group exhibitions and as a solo artist. His playful works have received many awards – Francis was a finalist in the National Contemporary Art Award in Hamilton, awarded a Merit Award in The Parkin Drawing Award, Merit award for the Molly Morpeth Canaday Art Award, Best painting under $1000 award, The Aspiring Art Award. He currently is a practising Visual Artist working out his Christchurch studio.

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