Member of the Taylor Foundation
Member of the Artists at the Bastille
Member of the Maison des Artistes
“Intrigue, balance, confuse”
Alban Fréneau is a French Plastician Artist living and working in Paris.
Although Alban cannot deny his main influences stemming from Abstract Expressionism, the CoBrA and “Supports-Surfaces” movements, he claims to have an original and autonomous artistic approach.
It consists in using a balance of power between order and disorder. To do so, he wants his paintings to look infinite, washed up, teared up and to hide a mystery in spite of the order realized by systematically dividing his canvases.
To do so, his technique, random although mastered, mainly consists in superposing paint, pasting all sort of papers, washing the canvas and sometimes waxing or sanding it down. Alban applies this technique as many times as necessary to reveal what lies beneath.
This work of construction and deconstruction is that of a Sisyphus in the sense that he repeats his technique until he can “roll the boulder up the hill” that is to find a subtle balance. Through this manner, he wishes his artworks to tell a strange story, that of a swaying boulder that makes the canvas vibrate.
This technique “cover the tracks” and make Alban’s paintings somewhat indecipherable for the observers trying to understand the origins of colors and textures. He is however willing to give his paintings a true balance in spite of a somewhat apparent disorder. This is the reason why he speaks of his work as a way to « intrigue, balance and confuse » the observer.
Alban’ artwork is regularly exhibited in France and abroad.