By Frans Wesselman
Limited edition print
Image size: H: 42cm x W: 49cm
Fran's work oftens tells a story and he loves to show the relationships between humans and animals, real or imaginary.
"I was searching for an image combining a woman with an owl when my girlfriend said she had dreamed she was sitting in a tree with a large white owl. I had found my image.
"The things that are my subjects are the smaller things in life, the interactions between people or people and animals or people and the things in their head. Chance encounters. A kind of visual poetry, maybe. I am as concerned as the next person about the big issues, but I have not found a way to introduce them in my work that convinces me. The sense of fun, of wonder, is something I do experience and I hope I can convey that to others."
ABOUT FRANS WESSELMAN
People and relationships are central to the work of this Dutch-born former art teacher, always based on close observation of the natural world and of human interaction with other creatures.
Typically, his pictures tell stories - of people doing things, feeling things, sharing gentle humour. His scenes aim to convey the psyche of each character or of a situation. We have to read what's going on and he wants us to think about it, just like he's done: “I need to have my mind engaged”.
Enchanting wood cuts, etchings and stained glass pieces are often derived from famous poetry, drama, folklore, myths or travel tales, including Shakespeare and Chaucer.
Other work is from his imagination or from observation. He draws from life models and goes out with his sketch book to capture anything that takes his interest.
In 1983, Frans was elected to the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (RE).“I'm a painter above all. I love to look at paintings and drawings; I get a lot out of it. You can look at the detail of a picture and marvel at what the artist has achieved by a single brush stroke. That's the satisfaction, when you find the right stroke and it just lights up the whole picture.”
We show some of his watercolour paintings and limited edition fine art prints in his own mix of wood cut, lino and etching, framed and unframed. We also show a selection of stained glass pieces.