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).
Ian Francis ‘Season 1 Episode 0’ Opening Photots (April 30, 2013)
Inaugural Group Show at the New Gallery! (March 27, 2013)
Recap: PULSE Miami 2012 (December 11, 2012)
Summer Group Exhibition Opening Photos (August 7, 2012)
Joshua Liner Guest Curates for Artistsaday.com (July 13, 2012)
Ian Francis ‘Fireland’ Opening Photos (March 8, 2011)
Ian Francis featured in American Art Collector Magazine (February 23, 2011)
Summer Group Exhibition Opening Photos (August 17, 2010)