Ian Francis was born in 1979 in Bristol, England, and graduated from the University of the West of England with a degree in Illustration. “Francis combines abstraction, figuration, and elements of both painting and drawing to create distinctly contemporary mixed-media works on canvas. He draws his inspiration from cinema, pornography, street culture, and images sampled at random from the Internet. 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 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.
Solo exhibitions include Exodus, Lazarides Gallery, London (2010); New Works, MTV Gallery, Sydney, Australia (2009); and Together Forever, Kinsey/DesForges, Los Angeles (2008). Selected group exhibitions include Summer Group Exhibition, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York (2010) and The Outsiders, Lazarides Gallery, London and New York (2008). At SCOPE Miami 2010, Francis will be represented by mixed-media works on canvas and on paper; the artist will receive a solo exhibition at Joshua Liner Gallery in March 2011, coinciding with the Armory Show.” (from Joshua Liner Gallery)
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