Ian Francis

by Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Working in mixed media on canvas, Ian Francis combines abstraction, figuration, and elements of both painting and drawing to create distinctly contemporary works. He draws his inspiration from cinema, pornography, street culture, and images sampled at random from the Internet, synthesizing these sources into a quasi-literal vision of the “mediated landscape.”
Amid high-color washes and jagged brushwork, Francis depicts semi-clad figures who loll and mix in casual groupings—some scenes are intimate, others hedonistic. These figures are recognizable, the young and beautiful denizens of a particular media fantasy fueled by sex, death, and celebrity. Abstraction and figuration mutually support the artist’s suggestion of a worldview where violence and style intersect.

Born in 1979 in Bristol, England, where he continues to live and work, Francis received a BA in art and illustration in 2001 from University of the West of England. Solo exhibitions of his work include Exodus, Lazarides Gallery, London (2010); New Works, MTV Gallery, Sydney, Australia (2009); Together Forever, Kinsey/DesForges, Los Angeles (2008); and Super Coma Fantasy, BLK/MRKT Gallery, Los Angeles (2007). His work has also been featured in the group exhibitions The Outsiders, Lazarides Gallery, London and New York (2008); and Free Parking, OKOK Gallery, Seattle (2007).

 

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Ian Francis

by Saturday, January 1, 2011

One of the most influential artist of this time: Ian Francis. Check his website here.

“I was influenced by a huge range of people when I was growing up; I think probably the biggest single influences were Reggie Pedro, for the fantastic compositions & painting, Stanley Donwood, simply because I love some of the textures he uses and Dave McKean for the mixed-media & computer aspect.”

“The sometimes apocalyptic feel of my work comes from the combination of the fact we’re probably the safest and wealthiest we’ve ever been against both the mass media sense of impending doom and also the fact that a potential world resource shortage could realistically mean that we won’t be living this lifestyle for that much longer.”

“I’m interested in life, small inter-personal relationships, celebrities, etc. Against that backdrop there are a lot of huge apocalyptic things that you read about or see on the news that aren’t always immediately obvious when you walk out the door. It’s about pornography and news reports from war zones instead of sex and death.”

“My work is about modern life, particularly television, world events, celebrities, and day-to-day living.”



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  • andreas
    January 7, 2011

    excellent work

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