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Graham Fransella

Born in Harrow, England, Graham Fransella studied at the Bradford School of Art, Yorkshire. He came to Australia in 1975. Graham Fransella lives and works in Melbourne and is represented by galleries across Australia.

Graham Fransella’s work is represented in many public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Queensland Art Gallery, Parliament House, Print Council of Australia and Artbank.  

Graham Fransella is represented in many private collections in Australia, Europe and the USA, including Saatchi and Saatchi, London.

Personal Timeline


Born Harrow, England


Travelled to Europe, visiting France, Italy, Greece and Spain


Attended Bradford Art School, Yorkshire under Ian Colverson


Awarded Bradford College Travelling Scholarship.  Travelled to Europe visiting Munich Olympic Games and Isle of Wight Rock Festival. Represented in 2nd International Print Biennale, Bradford, UK


First visit to Australia travelling through Malaysia en route. Stayed for 6 months in Melbourne. Returned to England and taught at Bradford Art School


Returned to Australia


Assisted Bea Maddock to print etchings whilst she was Artist-in-Residence at ANU, Canberra


Appointed as Printmaking Technician at Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne


First one person show at Stuart Gerstman Gallery, Melbourne


Visited England and France


Exhibition at Stuart Gerstman Galleries of small scale etchings. Work purchased by National Gallery, Canberra. Appointed lecturer at Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne


First exhibition at Macquarie Galleries, Sydney. Commenced first ‘Parrot’ Series of etchings Who Shot the Parrot?. Visited Italy, France and UK


Exhibited at Gerstman Abdullah Fine Arts International, Cologne, West Germany. Awarded the Maitland Art Prize for etching Man with Case


Worked for 6 months at John Walker’s studio in London. Also visited Italy and France. Exhibited at Los Angeles Arts Fair. Commenced printing with Michel Szczepanski


First exhibition in London at Rebecca Hossack Gallery. Travelled to London and France


Awarded Australian Council Grant. Awarded Mitchelton Print Prize. Worked at Australian Print Workshop on large scale prints and a set of  erotic etchings


Travelled to England and Paris with son Eric


Travelled to Red Centre visiting Aboriginal  communities and viewing indigenous paintings


Moved to studio in Brooklyn, Melbourne


Resigned lecturing position to concentrate full time on own work. Travelled in light aircraft to Northern Territory and Western Australian visiting Bungle Bungles, Lake Eyre and Coober Pedy


Travelled along the Gibb River Road in the Kimberley visiting aboriginal art sites


Travelled to Arnhamland to see aboriginal rock art sites and dwelling sites


Travelled to London, Paris and Southern Spain


Travelled to New York

2007 Awarded Wynne Trustees Watercolour Prize
2009 Winner of the Wynee Trustees Watercolour Prize. Travelled to Tuscany and London. Finalist Dobell Prize, Gallery of NSW

Winner of the Wynee Trustees Watercolour Prize. Travelled to Sicily, France and London

2012 Finalist, Wynee Trustees Landscape Prize
2013 Finalist, Fleurieu Art Prize, South Australia


2011 Winner of the Wynne Trustees Watercolour Prize, AGNSW
2009 Winner of the Wynne Trustees Watercolour Prize, AGNSW
2007 Winner of the Wynne Trustees Watercolour Prize, AGNSW
2006 Winner of the Wynne Trustees Watercolour Prize, AGNSW
2000 Winner of the Wynne Trustees Watercolour Prize, AGNSW


Australia Council Grant  

Michelton Print Prize


Maitland Art Prize


Bradford School of Art, Travelling Scholarship


Art Bank   O.T.C Australia
Art Trust Ove Arup & Partners
Arthur Anderson & C0., Melbourne Pacific Brands
Australian Art Investment Trust

Parliament House

Australian National Gallery, Canberra Print Council of Australia
Australian Print Workshop, Queensland State Gallery
Ballarat City Art Gallery Queensland University of Technology
Bristol-Myers Squibb Australia SAATCHI & SAATCHI, London
Corrs Chambers Westgarth Southcorp Holdings
Crown Casino Sparke Helmore
Deakin University, Melbourne Steel Case Australia P/L
Facioni Nominees The Toronto Dominion Bank
Footscray College of TAFE University of Southern Queensland
Geelong Art Gallery VEI Superannuation
George Patterson Bates Victorian Workcover Authority
GLAXO Australia Warnambool City Art Gallery
Jawcamb Waverley City Council, Melbourne
Mainpoint Wollongong City Gallery
Maunsells Australia P/L National Gallery of Victoria


Graham Fransella, Graham Fransella figures & landscapes: paintings and prints, 1984 – 2002.  Ed. Jenny Zimmer. South Yarra, Vic. Macmillan, c2002.
Graham Fransella, Eau forte, Malvern, Vic. Stonington Stables Museum of Art, Deakin University, 2003.
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