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Fire in the Belly by Francis Baskerville

Fire in the Belly by Francis Baskerville
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Artwork DescriptionOne of five outdoor artworks mounted on the fence of Royal Athletic Park as part of the parks's revitalization.
Artwork StatementHuman energy fascinates me. I paint the figure to explore the emotional, spiritual and physical ways that people experience imprisonment and liberation. Sport and modern dance are excellent vehicles for my work because they highlight the beauty of the human form and convey a range of emotion through movement. For the mural project I was interested in showing the glory of sport, particularly from the female point of view. I did the painting in four five-foot squares to accommodate the size of my studio. From an initial drawing I used a grid to transfer the composition to the prepared panels. To emphasize the importance of sport I used some of the techniques of the old masters: strong diagonals in composition, rich colours, and deep contrasts in light and dark. While I focused on one female player, I suggested the game by hinting at other "team" players in the foreground and background.

About Francis Baskerville

Dates1942 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
Artist BioFrances is a graduate of English Language and Literature at the University of Toronto and has a Masters degree from the University of Western Ontario. After careers in education, librarianship and public service management, she entered the Victoria College of Art and is now a full-time practicing artist.Recipient of the Herbert Siebner Practicing Artist Award.


Artwork TypeMural
MediumAcrylic paint, with attention to colours that will stand the test of time.
Unveiled dateApril 25, 2004
Dimensions10' x 10'
Reference #3735
SiteRoyal Athletic Park, 1014 Caledonia Avenue. Murals are located on fencing on Vancouver Street.
Art CategoryCivic Public Art
Selection ProcessCivic: By Jury - Open Competition
Municipality/NeighbourhoodVictoria: North Park



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