Fran Noonan

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Francis Noonan (American, 1954-) is a self-taught artist. Growing up in a large creative family, he had a keen interest in drawing and playing classical piano. He began oil painting at age 7 after attending the Van Gogh exhibition at the Albright Art Gallery. After starting a family of his own, time constraints led him to concentrate on classical piano. In 2003, Fran returned to oil painting.

Inspired by the Impressionists, Tonalists, and Symbolists, his intent is to create images which evoke a mood, memory, or time of inspiration. He enjoys portraying the natural imagery of Western New York where he has lived all his life. From Niagara Falls to the Boston Hills, combined with the four distinct seasons, there is infinite inspiration for a visual artist. Working in oils, he aspires to capture the moods and character created by the interplay of light and shadow.

He enjoys many forms of working with his hands including carpentry, piano, and gardening, but painting is a special adventure where being engaged visually, mentally, and emotionally are most gratifying.

He is a member of the Buffalo Society of Artists, the Oil Painters of America, the Copley Society of Art in Boston, and the Western New York Artists Group. His work can be seen at the Artists Group Gallery, Meibohm Fine Arts, Glass Growers Gallery, the Oxford Gallery of Rochester, NY, and the Memorial Art Gallery Store in Rochester, NY. In addition, Fran gives private lessons, has given demonstrations, shows his work in juried exhibitions, and has served as juror.

To view additional works or to contact the artist, please visit his website at www.frannoonan.com


This is a partial list of group and solo exhibitions:

2015- 24th Annual Juried Regional Artists Exhibition, Art Dialogue Gallery, Buffalo, NY Oil Painters of America's 2015 Salon Show Juried Exhibition, Beverly McNeil Gallery, Birmingham, Alabama. Buffalo Society of Artists 119th Catalogue Exhibition, Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology, Buffalo, NY. “The Condition of Music”, Oxford Gallery, Rochester, NY. Buffalo Society of Artists 119th Spring Exhibition, Project 308 Gallery, North Tonawanda, NY. WNYAG 19th Annual Juried Members Exhibition, Artists Group Gallery, Buffalo, NY.

2014- “Reverie” Solo Exhibit, Art Dialogue Gallery, Buffalo, NY. Niagara Frontier Art Exhibit, The Kenan Center, Lockport, NY. Buffalo Niagara Art Association Spring Exhibition, The Kenan Center, Lockport, NY. Fine Arts League 61st Annual Members Exhibition, Joseph Whalen Gallery, Lockport, NY. Buffalo Society of Artists 118th Spring Exhibition, Buffalo Arts Studio, Buffalo, NY. WNYAG 18th Annual Juried Members Exhibition, Art Dialogue Gallery Buffalo, NY. “Proverbs and Commonplaces”, Oxford Gallery, Rochester, NY.

2013- 64th Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY. “Native Impressions” (solo exhibition), Betty’s Restaurant, Buffalo, NY. Buffalo Society of Artists 117th Spring Exhibition, Karpeles Manuscript Library, Buffalo, NY. WNYAG 17th Annual Juried Members Exhibition, Art Dialogue Gallery Buffalo, NY.

2012- “Mysterious Nature” (solo exhibit), Meibohm Fine Arts, East Aurora, NY. Mill Road Scenic Overlook Benefit Exhibition, Meibohm Fine Arts, East Aurora, NY. “Palimpest”, Oxford Gallery, Rochester, NY. Buffalo Society of Artists 116th Spring Exhibition, Big Orbit Gallery, Buffalo, NY. WNYAG 16th Annual Juried Members Exhibition, Art Dialogue Gallery, Buffalo, NY.

2011- WNYAG 20th Annual Regional Artists Exhibition, Art Dialogue Gallery, Buffalo, NY. 63rd Rochester-Finger Lakes Exhibition, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY. Buffalo Society of Artists Spring Exhibition, Art Dialogue Gallery , Buffalo, NY. WNYAG 15th Annual Juried Members Exhibition, Art Dialogue Gallery, Buffalo, NY.

2010- WNYAG 20th Annual Regional Artists Exhibition, Art Dialogue Gallery, Buffalo, NY. WNYAG 14th Annual Juried Members Exhibition, Art Dialogue Gallery, Buffalo, NY. BSA 114th Annual Juried Exhibition, Castellani Art Museum, Niagara Univ., NY. “Fiat Lux”, Oxford Gallery, Rochester, NY.

2009- WNYAG 18th Annual Regional Artists Exhibition, Art Dialogue Gallery, Buffalo, NY. 2009 Area Artists Show, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY. “Realms Apart” (2 person show), Meibohm Fine Arts, East Aurora, NY. Buffalo Society of Artists Spring Exhibition, Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site,f Buffalo, NY. “GFTrilogy XIX – The Work of Three Artists”, Art Dialogue Gallery, Buffalo, NY.


Recent Awards:

2014- WNY Artists Group Annual Exhib., 1st Place. Niagara Frontier Artists Exhib., Award of Excellence #1. Buffalo Society of Artists 118th Juried Exhib., Bronze Medal.

2013- Fine Arts League, 2nd Place. 2nd Annual Art & Architecture Exhib., 3rd Place. Niagara Frontier Art Exhib., 1st Place. Fine Arts League, 2nd Place.

2012- Buffalo Niagara Art Association, Merit Award. WNY Artists Group 16th Annual Juried Exhib., 3rd Place.

2011- Buffalo Society of Artists 115th Catalogue Exhib., Presidents Award of Excellence.

2008- Buffalo Society of Artists 112th Fall Exhib., Ethyl and Wilbur Lytle Memorial Award.


Affiliations: Copley Society of Art- Boston, MA; Buffalo Society of Artists; The Western New York Artists Group; Oil Painters of America (associate member); Fine Arts League of Buffalo; Buffalo Niagara Art Association.

Gallery Representation: Meibohm Fine Arts, East Aurora, NY; Art Dialogue Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Glass Growers Gallery, Erie, PA; Oxford Gallery, Rochester, NY; Memorial Art Gallery Store, Rochester, NY.

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