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.
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