Frances Alleblas' Art Studio



Wessex Estate

Opening Hours

By appointment only.

Admission Fees




Alleblas’ artwork consists of charcoal and pencil drawings, prints and watercolours of different sizes. The drawings have a figurative, narrative atmosphere and show a world in which often-unexpected relations between different elements confront the viewer with unclear feelings and certain confusion. The finely crafted drawings have a disquieting, dreamlike quality.  The work is not so much influenced by the art historical context, but is more related to a wider view of human experience, relations between cultures and relations between the self and other. The protagonists, whether human or animal, are enigmatic, elusive and seem absorbed in another world. Alleblas draws inspiration from personal experiences, different cultures, anthropology, mythology,  literature and photography.  The drawings cannot be reduced to one literal meaning. No matter how well the different elements in each drawing can be described, the drawing as a whole cannot be captured in this way. Although the work has a definite clarity, the viewer remains uncertain and does not seem to get a clear answer. This is mainly because of the often-unexpected combinations of used images in one piece of work; fused elements that come from different origins. In a subtle way, the rational order of things is destabilized. The pleasure of surprise, that takes the work away from expectations.  Ultimately, the image is not the elaboration of a pre-thought idea, but is largely determined by the process of drawing itself. A typical harmony evolves in the drawings in spite of the seemingly incoherent elements; multiple perspectives, proportions, scales and styles of drawing are used in one drawing. In the end, the quality of the drawing in itself is equally important to its subject or ‘story’. Composition and use of material thus play an important role in the constitution of meaning.  The drawings try to document the memory of a continuous longing.

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