Debra Franses Bean is a sculptor and painter. Her conceptual sculpture explores the boundaries between personal and public spaces. Her painting is figurative and creates a sense of honest vulnerability.
She was born into into the pop art era and grew up in an environment of art and fashion. Her father was in the handbag business and mother is an artist. She studied at Central Saint Martins, world famous for painters, fashion designers and sculptors. Her work is a rich mix of these influences. Her Artbags involve the destruction of a designer handbag to create a sculpture cast in resin. Inside the sculptures are objects that reflect both society wide influences and personal fascinations. The sculptures frequently depict intimate feelings of obsession and challenge the way handbags are traditionally portrayed as closed and secretive spaces.
Debra has been commissioned to make many Artbags for collectors, corporations and is sold globally through a network of international gallerys.