Mark Francis: Thumb Gallery 1990
In the majority of the works on show, Francis has moved from a landscape scale to a microscopic one. Many of the canvases show objects which are readily identifiable as sperm, spores, ovules or cells. The painting is often almost matter of fact, if not actually photographic. In some cases, the objects are presented on dead, matt backgrounds, certain and self-sufficient. In others, they float in what appears to be a shadowy, membranous fluid, as if on a microscopic slide.