Debra Franses Bean born for art

Debra Franses Bean was born in London in 1967, she studied Politics and Economics and initially pursued a career in advertising. She has lived and worked in New York and London, where she is now based.  Her Artbags have been exhibited in galleries around the globe and she also undertakes private commissions.  In 2015 she created works for the Coca Cola Museum to celebrate 100 years of the iconic coke bottle design and her works were shown alongside pieces by some of Debra’s own personal art heroes. Debra is one of the selected artist for Masterpieces that Cobra Art works with.

Debra offers you a window into her soul

Debra describes the Artbags as a window to her soul and it was while studying at Central St Martins School of Art (2002-2005) that the idea for this first bag was born. Debra took a beautiful handbag from a top couture house and worked it into a silicone mold for casting. The first bag had a heavy white plaster, but her next bag, Catch, was cast in resin and had a goldfish in a tank of water mounted on a pedestal. Her first works were very autobiographical because through these bags they visualized how she felt about different periods of her life. While this focus has shifted over time, Debra acknowledges that each bag is a distillation of who she met, where she’s been, and what she’s seen in the world. As Debra explains, “… all interactions leave a trail in me that inspires my work”. Each Artbag has a title, and these are equally intriguing: from a single, snappy word to clever, thought-provoking sayings that describe and define the Artbag.

Buy Debra Franses Bean at Cobra Art

As one of the artists Cobra Art collaborates, Debra Franses Bean has delivered many beautiful works of art. Debra explores ideas centred on consumption and mass production, and recognises the complex relationship we have with material objects as consumable goods. With their kitschy elements these works are a clear nod to pop art, however, they also reference our contemporary digital age, as the contents would be acquired through online shopping and social networking. Objects span the low and high levels of comfort, prestige and style. The process of resin encapsulation results in a visually-heightened presentation of the chosen items, with the anticipation of their consumption forever suspended in time and never to be realised.