Frances White is a contemporary artist and designer living in Cape Town, South Africa. Born in KwaZulu Natal and raised in Johannesburg. Frances majored in English literature, history of art and painting at the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town.

Frances plays with the boundary between art and design, drawing on influences of Pop Art, and pattern, fabric and surface design, ultimately constructing her own distinctive style. Her fascination with the interplay of colours and strong graphic shapes is under-pinned by a mastery of traditional media like oil on canvas, and oil on board, elements which are in strong contrast with the contemporary nature of her work.

Her work in enamel, glitter, reflective and hologramic vinyls and surfaces, tries to capture her fascination with light, and how it refracts, reflects and prisms into colour.

Frances White

‘My Favourite Colour’ is the surface design company that Frances started in 2012, and launched at the Cape Town Design Indaba.

Products that Frances has designed include digitally-printed fabric by the meter, a range of soft furnishings, linen, kitchenware, melamine trays, screen-printed tote bags and colouring-in posters.

Frances loves creating and designing patterns, and is open to surface-design collaborations.