Media Room

– What People Say,
– Reviews, Articles, Interviews
– Catalogues


What people say…

Read Anastasia Hare’s Blog  on my recent exhibition “Between Latitudes”

Review of My Website by Woven Tale Press

Click to read full catalogue to read Haema Sivanesan’s essay in the ” Food for Thought ” Exhibition catalogue

Click on for Audio Review of the FOOD FOR THOUGHT Exhibition at Propeller by Art Critic Lupe Rodriguez, CBC RADIO “Here & Now”

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“It is all great theatre. Here is an ever evolving story that asks us as audience to be co-creators of meaning for these two paintings and to reflect on what their story reveals to us about ourselves and the power of seduction. We are invited to not just view the paintings, but to step into their frames and risk being seduced.”

D. Boyce, Toronto
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“The sets, and of course the performers. A great joy to be here.”

P. Dreiser, Toronto

“Totally surprising performance! This made the art come to life – literally”.

M. Donahue, Toronto

“Ferdinands’ erotically charged vignettes are set in the haute couture world.
Nostalgia, irony, satire and parody are weapons she has in her arsenal.”

Robert Reid, Art Critic, The Record Newspaper
BY APPEARANCES Exhibition, University of Waterloo Art Gallery

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“Contemplative, surreal and unsettling, Frances Ferdinands’ paintings provoke the viewer to consider the isolation and obscurity hovering not only above and around
the vulnerable vessel, but which also surrounds humankind as we struggle to
navigate our daily lives.”

Carrie Helm, Exhibitions Coordinator ADRIFT Exhibition, Kelowna Art Gallery

“You have always been a good painter with interesting ideas – a rare commodity
in this era of mediocrity.”

Joan Nicol, Art Consultant, Toronto

“It was an honour to have the ADRIFT exhibition at the Kelowna Art Gallery.
The response to the show was very positive”

Julianna Hayes, P.R. Coordinator, Kelowna Art Gallery

“Frances Ferdinands’ work is characterized by technical facility, richness of colour and breadth of vision. Whether drawing inspiration from the natural world, the annals of art history or interior reflections, Ferdinands creates vistas that engage and draw the viewer close. Her work is compelling and full of detail – symbolic and technical. She addresses subjects of profound universal significance yet does so through personal metaphor and imagery. Engagement with Ferdinands’ paintings is always a satisfying and enriching encounter.”

Virginia Eichhorn, Director/Curator,  Tom Thomson Art Gallery,  Owen Sound

“Her work has always been thought-provoking and challenging to the viewer”

David Taylor, Curator, Gallery Lambton, Sarnia

“Ferdinands pushes realism towards the edge of surrealism. Walking this edge gives her work a sense of intrigue and dynamism.”

Mark Vander Vennen, Art Critic, Cobourg Daily Star
CONTEMPORARY REALISM Exhibition, Art Gallery of Northumberland

“Three of Frances’ paintings hang in our home. Our favourite, a Hawaiian-inspired landscape has a tremendously calming effect. Her use of light and softly-dissolving colours creates a beautiful tropical ambience in the room.”

 M. & E. Allen, Private Collectors, Toronto

“She (Ferdinands) brings to painting an intelligent, exploratory consciousness”

Joan Murray, Director/Curator, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa

“The paintings in Frances Ferdinands’ Embodied Ideals series are ambitious and
heavy with sociocultural implication. While the images, rendered in Ferdinands’ lush, bold style, are worthy as aesthetic achievements alone, the coupling of these images, taken from classic paintings and magazine ads, produces a recombined
and newly relevant mix of meaning and composition to the work.”

Rebecca Moda, Exhibitions Coordinator, EMBODIED IDEALS Exhibition,
Buffalo Arts Studio

(Click to read the complete curatorial statement)

Ferdinands was named as “one of the Hot Talents who are creating excitement among dealers and consultants across Canada.” Chatelaine Magazine, Canada  1985

“During a showing Frances had in Toronto, we fell in love with “Bed”. We had the perfect spot picked out in our home where it has proudly hung for several years. My husband commented how much he also loved “Seeking Sanctuary” and “Precious Cargo”. A year or so later they were both hung with pride in our home. From the entrance into our home, you can see all three paintings on different walls. It is a very dramatic yet calming effect. Our last purchase was “Quarry;Quandry.” This just finished the collection off perfectly. Our family and friends have taken quite an interest in the paintings and their meanings. Frances is a talented artist and a wonderful person to deal with. I’m sure more of her paintings will be hung upon our walls one day.

T. & J. Small, Private Collectors, Midhurst, Ontario


Reviews, articles, interviews

2017                              “Because I Care” by Frances Ferdinands –  Article Published    in  “The Island” Newspaper Sri Lanka – Feb. 18, 2017

2016 “Recent Acquisitions” ROM Blog – by South Asian Curator Dr. Deepali Dewan
2015 “Lassanai” Exhibition Interview with Haazif Karim-ARTORONTO Online Magazine
Feature article “Ferdinands looks at fashion through art” by Valerie McDonald. NORTHUMBERLAND TODAY(Jan. 23)
2013 Review of “Convergence” Exhibition by Haafiz Karim
2013 Feature Article “Hamilton Township Artist welcomes you to her Gallery” by Cecilia Nasmith. NORTHUMBERLAND TODAY (April 24)
2009 Feature Article “Art Displayed in Restaurant”, by Tyler Kula.  SARNIA OBSERVER, (July 9)
2007 “Food for Thought” Exhibition Review by Lupe Rodriguez, “Here & Now” – CBC Radio
2007 “Food for Thought” Exhibition Interview – “Canoe” Show – SUN TV
2007  Painting “Feed Me, Free Me”, with accompanying Artist Statement – 2007 WOMANMADE GALLERY (Chicago) Datebook.
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 2006 “Provocative Paintings”, “By Appearances” Exhibition. Review by Robert Reid THE RECORD, Newspaper (Nov. 6)
2006 Painting “Quarry: Quandry” featured Bookcover of
 2006 Interview with the Artist on her life and work profiled on SUN TV show “ECHO” Urmi Bardhen journalist, (Feb.4)
2004 “ Embodied Ideals”  Exhibition Review by Virginia Eichhorn – ART INDIA MAGAZINE, Vol. 9, Issue 1, 2004
 2003  “Embodied Ideals” Exhibition at the Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, Interview on “Here & Now”, CBC Radio (Nov. 26)
2003 Article about “ADRIFT” Exhibition, Kelowna Art Gallery KELOWNA DAILY COURIER, Kelowna, B.C. (April 30)
2003 Feature Article by Portia Priegert on “ADRIFT” Exhibit Kelowna A.G., E-VENT Magazine,  April 30-May 6 Ed.
2002 Painting “Relic” featured bookcover of
2002 Painting “ Of the Wrong Stripe” and accompanying Artist Statement published in CHILDREN OF THE SHOAH. CANADIAN CHILDREN’S LITERATURE JOURNAL
 2001 “ Painter Explores Adrift Culture in latest Challenging Exhibition”, Article -NORTH TORONTO POST
 2001 Colour Photo of Painting “Bed” TORONTO STAR  (May 10)
 2000 “ On Exhibit” article on Solo Exhibition at V. MacDonnell Gallery, Toronto LONDON FREE PRESS
 2000 “Toronto Artist’s Gallery Lambton Exhibition Leaves Her feeling Adrift”,  SARNIA THIS WEEK (Dec.13)
 2000 “ Artist Uses Boat as Metapbor” Article – SARNIA OBSERVER (Dec. 9)
 1997 “A Rocky Summer for an Art Colony” Article,
 1996 Interview with Art Critic Kate Taylor “ On The Arts”Show CJRT (FM) (Oct. 160
 1996 “Gallery Owns Weiland and Ferdinands’ Art” SARNIA OBSERVER (July 24)
 l994 Interview with Arts Reporter Rachel Lipton“ About Town” Show CIUT (FM) (Oct. 14)
 1994 Interview with Arts Reporter Tom Fulton“ On The Arts” Show CJRT (FM) (Oct. 12)
1990 “Exhibit Suggests All Art is Abstraction” COBOURG DAILY STAR  (March 30)
1990 “Toronto Artist at Sarnia Gallery” SARNIA GAZETTE (Jan. 2
1988 “ Frances Ferdinands-Forbes at the Albert White Gallery”- Review by Art Critic Donald Brackett, “ On The Arts” Show, CJRT (FM) (Nov. 23)
1988 Feature Article: “Frances Ferdinands – Forbes” by Robert Hough, ONTARIO LIVING MAGAZINE (Oct. Issue)
 1987 “Exhibit Focuses on the Human Figure”, SIMCOE REFORMER  (Sept. 17)
1988 Article: “ Great Canadian Art Under $2,500.” Column; “Hot Talents “ – CHATELAINE MAGAZINE (June Issue)
 1986 “New Directions : Women in the 1980’s” Cover and Feature Article profiling the artist and her work YORK UNIVERSITY ALUMNI MAGAZINE (May Issue)
l985 “Old Wars by Young Artists” Exhibition coverage by Barbara Frum THE JOURNAL, CBC NETWORK (Sept. 13)
 1985 Interview: “Expert Opinion” column TORONTO LIFE MAGAZINE (August Issue)



Click here to download the Connective Threads catalogue.


Click here to download the Mining Beauty catalogue.


Click here to download the Convergence catalogue

2008 “FOOD FOR THOUGHT” ArtsPlace, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
2007 “DOUBLE DATE” Lennox Contemporary, Toronto, Ontario
2000 ADRIFT, Gallery Lambton, SARNIA, ONTARIO
1990 FRANCES FERDINANDS 1983 – 1999, Gallery Lambton, SARNIA, ONTARIO
1985 OLD WARS BY YOUNG ARTISTS, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, OSHAWA, ONT