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Frans Frengen Image Credit: ArtTour International Magazine
Frans Frengen Image Credit: ArtTour International Magazine

Frans Frengen

"Painting With The Light Of A Candle"

Cathy Crocco

Belgian artist Frans Frengen has developed a work process that is as intriguing as the artwork he creates. Frengen began drawing as a young boy, and his talent as an artist was quickly recognized. He studied painting and drawing under prominent artists for some years before developing the signature “Fumagine” technique that forms the basis for much of his work. While in Wemmel, near Brussels, Frengen developed the fumagine method, best described as the equivalent of painting with a candle. More than just painting with soot, this technique gives a distinctive, stylized look to Frans Frengen's paintings and drawings. It provides his primarily black and white compositions a mere appearance, emphasized by the high shading that is created by the fumagine technique.

Despite the bold, thick lines, smudgy appearance, and simple nature of Frengen's drawings and paintings, they are still highly detailed and reveal the artist's deep level of skill and technique. In addition to the simple shades of gray smudging created by the fumagine technique, Frengen also adds bold spots of color to the paintings. The primary colors of red, blue, and yellow are often featured in his work. It is clear that this is the work of a talented artist who has spent many years studying technique and artistic styles. Most of his art features people and scenes from everyday life portrayed in a unique way and with a great perspective.


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