Opulence and sensuality pervade Francois Tiran’s work, who believes in “less is a bore”.

Nuances reminiscent of Klimt and Hunderwasser are offset by earthiness which reflects the sandstone edifices of his home.  Despite his passion for the female form and often generous use of deep reds and golds, his is a philosophical scientific mind, and much musing pre empts each work of art. With ancestral roots in France, but a family history dating back almost 200 years in this area, much of his work is informed by the rich contrasts of life in Oudtshoorn, where Art Nouveau architecture, and fittings from the boom years contrast with the ancient rock formations and san culture.


He works primarily in oils on canvas, but is not confined to that: pastels, sculpture and use of mixed media are also in his repertoire. His style is abstract symbolism.

Francois was an art lecturer for 22 years before becoming an artist full time. 


He has exhibited for 10 years regularly and continuously with ArtKaroo , as well as  with Bottega gallery in Oudtshoorn and in Stellenbosch, Worcester, George. 


“Terming himself an abstract symbolist, his artworks reflect the hewn sandstone of Feather palaces, the hot colours of sun, veldt and open skies; offset often with sultry female forms and references to creation, stellar constellations and, equine studies. “


Francois Tiran