Frances Keifer Bezean
Born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, in 1937, raised in Victoria, British Columbia, majored in Fine Arts in Victoria, with private sculpture lessons from Professor Garnier in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Keifer Bezeau has exhibited and taught painting, drawing, and sculpture across Canada. She is a master sculptor with a wide knowledge of technique in all sculptural materials. Her portraits capture personality. Her sculptures exhibit power and strength. Much of her sculpture is glyptic, directly carved to free the image inside. Often, rough stone remains. Other works are modelled to exploit natural tones and texture or allow casting.
Fran has participated regularly in solo and group shows, and been represented by galleries across Canada during her career. She was Programme Director and then President of the National Capital Network of Sculptors, Ottawa, Ontario, and organized many group exhibitions and public workshops, including the featured exhibit of sculpture at the Canadian Tulip Festival, Ottawa, starting in 1993. She organized non-commissioned sculptors in Kelowna during the Okanagan-Thompson Sculpture Symposium, 2002; was a founding member of the Kelowna Sculptors Network Society; and directed the summer-long Kelowna centennial project "Connecting Links" in 2005. A recent commission was a marble sculpture presented to the Canada Pavilion, Expo 2005, Aichi, Japan, and now in th municipal collection of Kasugai as Canada's commemorative gift to that city.
I am intrigued by the human form, its many moods, and the projection of individual personality. My greatest inspiration was Rodin, and I often leave rough stone in my work. My favourite medium is marble. While I continue small- and large-scale work, I now find it most important to pass on knowledge as a master sculptor by mentoring others; demonstrating techniques; and encouraging public awareness of the power, value, and beauty of sculpture in our lives.