Ian FrancisThe Chosen Form of Your Destroyer

8 July - 1 August 2015
Lazarides Rathbone

Exhibition detail

Dates

8 July - 1 August 2015

Location

Lazarides Rathbone

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The Chosen Form of Your Destroyer is focused on a new series of mixed media works depicting the coexistence of beauty and destruction in modern society. The Bristol-based artist celebrates his third full-scale solo exhibition at Rathbone Place this year, once again transporting his viewers into other-worldly realms, littered with subconscious realities and blurred boundaries synonymous with his work to date.

 

The artist's cross-disciplinary approach weaves intricate layers of both painting and drawing to create distinctly ultra-modern works, providing a powerful dialogue between contemporary techniques and dystopian cinematic content. Francis utilises a high-contrast mixture of oil, ink, acrylic, graphite and charcoal to construct works that are both dramatically appealing and visually striking, whilst alluding to underlying notes of melancholy, alienation and social critique. The new series of paintings continue to examine reoccurring themes of constructed worlds, virtual relationships and shifting dimensions that underpin Francis' wider practice.

 

The Chosen Form of Your Destroyer will present a combination of figurative monochromatic paintings alongside larger compositions depicting fantastical narratives spiralling just out of our reach. Francis is fascinated with the moment of quiet fragility ahead of a majestic destruction, referencing the lack of individual choice and identity amid a much larger, uncontrollable force. Abstraction and figuration mutually support the artist's suggestion of a world view where violence and style intersect, balancing a careful mix of intimate moments and all-encompassing narratives. The forthcoming exhibition revisits Francis' interest in sensationalist media and human interaction within an ever-evolving contemporary landscape, capturing still-frames charged with conflict, passion and mystery.

Exhibition works

The Chosen Form of Your Destroyer

Ian Francis

Autumn / Fall Colour (Shards), 2015 Unique
152 cm x 152 x 5 cm
Oil, ink, acrylic, graphite and charcoal on canvas

Ian Francis

Forest Fire Seen From Above, 2015 Unique
107 cm x 152 cm
Oil, ink, acrylic, graphite and charcoal on canvas

Ian Francis

Forest Fire Seen From Below, 2015 Unique
107 cm x 152 cm
Oil, ink, acrylic, graphite and charcoal on canvas

Ian Francis

A House Escapes Into The Sky, But Loses Its Form, 2015 Unique
91 cm x 127 cm
Oil, ink, acrylic, graphite and charcoal on canvas

Ian Francis

A Monster / Plane Is Raised From An Indoor Pool, 2015 Unique
91 cm x 127 cm
Oil, ink, acrylic, graphite and charcoal on canvas

Ian Francis

Petrified Archway, 2015
91 cm x 127 cm
Oil, ink, acrylic, graphite and charcoal on canvas

Ian Francis

Two People Feed A Lion, 2015
71 cm x 102 cm
Oil, ink, acrylic, graphite and charcoal on aluminium

Ian Francis

Reflective Encounter, 2015
91 cm x 91 cm
Oil, ink, acrylic, graphite and charcoal on aluminium

Ian Francis

Film Lake, 2015
91 cm x 91 cm
Charcoal on paper

Ian Francis

Cabaret Aftermath, 2015
91 cm x 91 cm
Charcoal on paper

Ian Francis

Entropy 01, 2015 Unique
40.6 cm x 40.6 cm
Oil, ink, acrylic, graphite and charcoal on panel

Ian Francis

Entropy 02, 2015 Unique
40.6 cm x 40.6 cm
Oil, ink, acrylic, graphite and charcoal on panel

Ian Francis

Two Sisters, 2015
91 cm x 91 cm
Charcoal on paper

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