Franna Lusson

Born 1952, San Pedro, California
Has practiced at Creative Growth since 2010

At the core of Franna’s work is the immediacy of drawing, whether that is seen in the swift movements of an animal in the wild or the momentary gestures of a person at rest. Drawn to the power of human and animal form, Franna uses both as a vehicle in her artwork to convey the spirit and aspects of the spiritual journey. She employs a wide range of mixed media in her compositions, including oil paint sticks, ink, charcoal, graphite, and pastels. In portraiture and collage, Franna’s academic background in fashion illustration becomes more apparent, especially in her acute understanding of the body and the deliberateness of her line. She has described her work as being, “less literal and more elemental – an expression and an exploration of an often unclear inner reality” and that raw energy is undeniably evident in her depictions of black crows and other animals of prey. Franna’s work is part of the permanent collection at the Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2019
Outsider Art Fair, Paris

2018
Visual Oasis: Works from Creative Growth, Carson City
Regal Bearing: Bird Portraiture, Woodson Art Museum

2016
D’Dessin Paris Contemporary Drawing Fair, Paris

2015
D’Dessin Paris Contemporary Drawing Fair, Paris

2014
Outsider Art Fair, New York
Drawing Now Fair, Paris

2013
Margins to Mainstream, Sonoma County Museum, Santa Rosa
Drawing Now Fair, Paris
Outsider Art Fair, Paris
Cutlog Fair, Paris
Outsider Art Fair, New York

2012
Different and Special, Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Korea

2011
New Art Dealers Alliance Art Fair, Miami

2011
Create, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley