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About Debra

ARTBAGS
My sculptures are kitsch resin handbags – with dollar bills, My Little Ponies, pocket watches, or rusted keys encased within them presenting the viewer with a parody of commercial designer desirables through hyper-real emulation. 
My work takes its cue from the kitschy elements of popular culture, referencing both pop art and post modernism's endeavours to embody these ideals. The relentless repetition of this as a form and concept is replete with notions of the mass manufactured products that contribute to society's increasingly cluttered landscape of 'stuff'.
I explore ideas centred on consumption and mass production and acknowledge the complex relationship that we have with material objects as consumable goods – our penchant to consume is denigrated by the ensuing guilt and anxiety that tends to follow. These handbags are commDebraodities in and of themselves.
In as much as these works are a nod to pop art, they also allude to the digital age, as the very process by which the contents of these resin handbags are acquired is through online shopping and social networking.

PAINTINGS
My paintings are expressive and full of colour and feeling. Im heavily influenced by my surroundings in nature and the psychological aspects of my relationship to the world around me. When I paint these same concerns as my artbags are expressed very differently, walking through the waves, jumping in a pool, in the intimacy of my interior surroundings, the challenges of my own existence is enough to prompt an idea that works its way through into my work.

COMMISSIONS
I undertake commissions, paintings and Artbags, and invite ideas however large or small. Please contact me to discuss them. I evaluate and price each commission individually.

GALLERIES
Debra Franses Bean is represented by :
Mark Jason & TAG Gallery, London
Le Dame Art Gallery, London
Wanrooij Gallery, Amsterdam, Holland
Rarity Gallery, Mykonos, Greece
Biba Gallery, Palm Beach, USA
Gilles Clements, Greenwich, New York, USA
Freites Gallery, Caracas, Venezuela

BIOGRAPHY
Born 1967, London
Lived and worked in New York and is now based in London
EDUCATION
2002 – 2005 BA FA Central Saint Martins, London
2001 – 2002 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, City & Guilds, London

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2013
London art fair Islington Mark Jason Gallery
Hong Kong AAF Mark Jason Gallery
Scope Basel & Miami Wanrooij Gallery Arnhem
Ghent Art Fair Axel Pairon Antwerp
Amsterdam AAF Wanrooij Gallery Arnhem
Hamburg AAF Wanrooij Gallery Arnhem
"Upon Reflection" Quidley &Co, Boston
Battersea and Hampstead AAF Mark Jason Gallery
Fight for Sight Art auction
Scope Basel, Wanrooij Gallery
Bucks Open Studios, The Red House, Harefield
Quidley & Co Nantucket USA
Launch @ Biba Gallery Palm Beach

2012
Scope Miami, Wanrooij Gallery
Affordable Art Fair (London, Singapore, New York), Mark Jason Gallery
Affordable Art Fair (Hamburg, Amsterdam, Brussels), Wanrooij Gallery
Boston Art Fair, Quidley & Company
Gallery artists, Axel Pieron, Antwerp Belgium
Greenwich Art and Design, Stanford USA, Manart Gallery Paris
Urban Intersections, Quidley & Company Boston
Knokke, Axel Pairon , Antwerp, Belgium,
Gallery Opening Show, Manart, Paris
Realisme, Amsterdam, Wanrooij Gallery
London Art Fair, Mark Jason Gallery

2011
London Art Fair, Mark Jason Gallery
20/21 Royal College of Art, Mark Jason Gallery
John Lennon Show, Legend Celebrity Art, London
Affordable Art Fair (London and New York), Mark Jason Gallery      
Affordable Art Fair (Brussels, Amsterdam), Wanrooij Gallery
Art Chicago, Mark Jason Gallery
A-P and Beyond, London
London Design Week, Brompton Oratory, London
Art London, London
"Identity", RED PENGUIN GALLERY, El Court Ingles Marbella, Spain  
Miljonair Fair, Amsterdam

2010
London Art Fair, Mark Jason Gallery
Affordable Art Fair (London, New York), Mark Jason Gallery
Legende Celebrity Art, Embassy Rooms, Art Auction
Recollect, Hampstead Museum Burgh House, London
Midsummer salon des artes, Hampstead, London
London Design Week Milk Concept Boutique, London
Art London, Mark Jason Gallery 

2009
'Handbags' solo launch show at Artware Editions in New York
'Group show portraits', Galleria Fine art gallery, Guatemala
'The destruction and the glory' New paintings, London

2006
June New Designers, Couturious, London
Degree show, Saint Martins, London

2004
The art of love, Arndean Gallery, Cork Street, London
The gift part 2, Elwyn Lynn Conference Centre, COFA, Sydney
Third Draw Down, Kudos Gallery, Sydney
Living London, London Collage of Fashion, London
Sculpture, Central Saint Martins, London
The Visitor, 23 Charlotte Road, Shoreditch, London 
Visitors, Films, Hamburg, Germany

SELECTED SOLO SHOWS
2013 Manart Gallery, Paris
2010 Koukan gallery, London
2009 Launch show – Artware editions, New York
2005 Handbag and wallpaper installation, Selfridges Design room, London
2005 Wallpaper and sculpture installation, Harvey Nichols, London
2004 "A collection of Bags", Glaxo Smithkline, Harlow, Essex

AWARDS
2005 Edward James Foundation bursary
2004 Digetex printing bursary
2003 Central Saint Martins printing & travel bursary for Venice

 

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