Ian Francis’ ‘Fireland’ Opening Night

by JL SchnabelPosted on

On March 3rd, UK based artist Ian Francis opened his debut solo show in New York, ‘Fireland’, at Joshua Liner gallery to an impressed audience. The work; emotive and kinetic mixed media paintings and drawings, feature a mastery of a broad color palette & spatial balance. This balance includes the use of abstraction in close proximity to tightly knit, realistic portraits which allows an odd paradox of harmony and disquiet to exist within each piece. The beautiful and young cast of characters embody a wide range of modern roles as they reveal in their reactions to one another, balk at the space between themselves or meditate on their own existence. Meanwhile, the interesting titles provide lures, each inviting the viewer to see each scene as the artist suggests; cosmic destruction, self- realization and existential repetition, adding a heightened sense of tension and narrative to the stimulating work.

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Ian Francis with Joshua Liner

Photos of installed artwork courtesy of Joshua Liner Gallery.

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