Works by Francel van Drunen

Francel van Drunen (Dutch, 1979)

Francel van Drunen was born in the Netherlands in 1979. She graduated from the academy of arts St. Joost, which is renowned for fostering young artists’ autonomous practices.

Francel has since developed and refined her own signature artistic style. Her extraordinary technique involves engraving her drawings into patinated bronze. Her sculptures are beautifully polished, enriched with exceptional colours and delicate patterns.

Working from only her artistic instinct, every piece she creates is entirely unique and visually enchanting. Her sculptures conduct and reveal the light from inside and beyond in a shimmering web of golden threads.

Francel van Drunen has always been fascinated by the concept of light and the sense of presence beyond the visible. As a child, she was drawn to ancient painters renowned for their aureoles.

“I remember as a child, sitting at a table near a window drawing. I could disappear into another world. It was magical. I wanted to reveal the invisible. I wanted to create something sacred by drawing fine lines, and I still do,” says Francel.

The universe, the nature of light and music have always been Francel’s main inspiration. Just as certain composers, such as Arvo Pärt, Erik Satie and Simeon ten Holt utilise silence, movement and repetition in their compositions, so too does Van Drunen achieve a harmonious union between light and movement in her sculptures.

“The silence is a presence from which all is formed. All is drenched in one movement, one endless repetition. To watch the patterns unfold, layer upon layer. To watch the image turn influenced by the light, coming to life,” says Francel.

By engraving in bronze and revealing the light, Francel seeks to transcend. She strives to reach beyond time into infinity.

“Infinity lies in an endless repetition, true beauty in finding a sacred harmony

from within. My art is a visual prayer,” says Francel.

Francel’s work has been exhibited at galleries in Europe and the UK, including at Bowman Sculpture in London, England; Gallery Bell' Arte at The Kurhaus in the Hague, Netherlands; and the Van Loon galleries in Vught, Netherlands.

Francel and Oceanic Heart, 2020, Etching on cast bronze