Personal identities 2017

It is clear that the work of Francien Krieg consists mainly of portraits. Especially older women are her “pivotal works” It therefore seems that her paintings have only one subject. This is not the case. The private sphere of her beloved family also offers interesting possibilities. She projects her artistic vision for them and uses them to depict themes of birth, love, protection, education and child development. Over the last few years Francien has created a series of paintings, which stylistically dovetail into its overall work. This interesting new series came about by the birth of her long-desired second child, Benjamin. Strong emotion is evident in all these paintings, which characterise both herself and her family. The concept of the young family is artfully explored in the light of this introspection. She says about this series: “The growth of a child is profoundly beautiful, but also something sad for me, slightly melancholic, it adds up to what is fleeting.”

Patterns of life 2019

It is clear that the work of Francien Krieg consists mainly of portraits. Especially older women are her “pivotal works” It therefore seems that her paintings have only one subject. This is not the case. The private sphere of her beloved family also offers interesting possibilities. She projects her artistic vision for them and uses them to depict themes of birth, love, protection, education and child development. Over the last few years Francien has created a series of paintings, which stylistically dovetail into its overall work. This interesting new series came about by the birth of her long-desired second child, Benjamin. Strong emotion is evident in all these paintings, which characterise both herself and her family. The concept of the young family is artfully explored in the light of this introspection. She says about this series: “The growth of a child is profoundly beautiful, but also something sad for me, slightly melancholic, it adds up to what is fleeting.”

Grace 2019

The truth is that I paint myself … and therefore the battle of my own body with age, my own fears and my fascination with death.

transience.
In the early stages I created paintings in which human forms were visible. I painted these in a detached manner: heads were removed, the bodies were decorative, eye contact was almost non-existent, there was no contact with the viewer. As my work developed I was sitting closer to the skin, from strange perspectives I showed the alienation to my own body. My fascination with the body deepened, I began to paint other people, especially those who deviate from the ideal of beauty. But even more, I really wanted to paint people like you and me, a universal image of the aging person. Staying true to myself, I have confined myself to the female body.

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Francien Krieg

Netherlands

http://www.francienkrieg.com

Francien Krieg [1973] is a Dutch artist who lives in the middle of The Netherlands.
She graduated from the art academy in The Hague in 1998, obtaining a degree in Monumental art, which brought her to think conceptually and during which she discovered her fascination for the human body.
A few years later, she picked up her passion for painting .She expressed her fascination for the human body in paintings with unusual body perspectives.Francien’s career development brought her works to be shown at exhibitions like the art fair Scope Basel, the art fair Realisme Amsterdam, Robert Lange Studios in Charleston USA, From motion to Stillness Chicago at Zhou B art center, Townsend atelier Women painting women [r]evolution Tennessee US and recently an exhibition at Gallery Beinart named Strak realisme featuring Effie Pryer and Ville Lopponen . Recently showed work at the MEAM, and this year Stone sparrow NYC gallery.
In 2017 and 2019 she was shortlisted for figurativas MEAM .

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