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A visit to Frank Jensen studio
How would you define your work?
My work is abstract painting, with similitudes to Informalism and Abstract Expressionism.
Could you tell us about your creative process?
I do not use a palette but a big table, combining the easel with the studio floor. I start by preparing the canvas with various layers of acrylic mastic which create texture to obtain different plans and depths. My chromatic language is wide; I basically use acrylic products with brushes, palette knifes, cloth, paper; etc. I apply many layers, some thicker, some thinner, to the painting. Yet, my way of working has changed a lot, as my earliest paintings were figurative. Now that I consider myself an abstract painter, everything has changed in that sense. Thoughts, reflection or the observation of the world surrounding me have changed my way of getting inspired, and even my way of life. Those were necessary changes to acquire the tools and the basic elements to express myself through abstraction, to tell stories, convey feelings or simply provoke sensations on the spectator.
So, your evolution has been really significant…
Yes, at the beginning I was a Hyperrealist and I mostly used charcoal and waterpainting. Later on I was inspired for a few years by Surrealism, later to start a period of abstract matter paintings, with thick layers of paint and all kinds of materials. Finally, I have now reached an abstract, very geometrical and chromatic style, with very, let’s say, refined intentions.