The Bee Field

About Frances Cockburn

In her oil paintings, Canadian artist Frances Cockburn captures the contemporary cityscape of Hamilton, Ontario. Though steeped in the present, her images are at first hard to place in time, calling to mind 19th-century Parisian street scenes of the Impressionist Gustave Caillebotte, as much as contemporary street photography. Like the Impressionists before her, Cockburn sometimes paints en plein air, recording the world around her from direct observation, and with a distinctive hand. “I paint as I live, present in the places of my life,” Cockburn has said. “The work inspires my place. The place inspires my work.”

Canadian, b. 1961