Frans Wesselman

Frans is a Dutch born artist now living in the UK, he grew up on the outskirts of The Hague, Holland.

Having spent his early youth catching sticklebacks, rushing around on bikes with his friends and brothers and scouring the beach for treasure, he developed a liking for visual art. He initially trained to become an art teacher. Later, after doing his military service, this was followed by a few years at art college specialising in photography and printmaking.

In 1979 he moved to London, and was elected a member of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers. His paintings and etchings covered a wide ranging subject matter, though always based on close observation of the natural world.

From the early nineties on his work became more concerned with people and became more narrative in content.  In 1998 he was Artist in Residence in the Potteries museum and Art Gallery, in 1999 Printmaker of the Month in the Leicester Museum and Art Gallery. In 2001 he received a commission for a limited edition print from Galerie Inkt, Den Haag, The Netherlands and was awarded the Drawing Prize of the Society of Graphic Artists.

In 2000 he started experimenting with stained glass, which soon led to regular exhibitions and commissions, membership of the Worcestershire Guild of Designer Craftsmen and in 2004 a part-time teaching appointment at Hereford College of Art.

Throughout his career he has taught short courses in painting, printmaking and stained glass at many levels from primary school to adult education.

He is a member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists and his work was selected for the British glass Biennale 2008 and the Society of Master Glass Painters “40x40” exhibition.

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