About Frans Muhren
I've been trained as a sculptor and since the seventies – I was born in 1949 - have worked in all kinds of materials, trying to find out what is the best way to articulate my personal themes. At first I worked mostly with wood and stone; nowadays I mainly use iron, but also synthetic material and polystyrene. Being a painter as well, I often use color on my sculptures. Besides sculptures and paintings, I also make mobiles. My themes are movement (or the suggestion of it), contradictions (such as heavy and light, convex and concave, abstract and epic) and the possibilities of matter; I also like to tell small stories and often etch characters in my sculptures. In my work I sometimes refer to the history of art, or culture in general. In 2012 I started with my series of coloured 'streamers', which are abstract and sort of mathematical; as a counterpart I work on rusty iron sculptures that reflect impermanence and "silent poetry".
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