Genieve Figgis

What we do in the shadows


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Opening on Saturday, June, 3, 2017
from 5 to 8 pm

  • , What we do in the shadows, 2017
    Acrylic on canvas
    60 x 80 x 4 cm
    23 5/8 x 31 1/2 x 1 5/8 inches
  • , Castle bed, 2017
    Acrylic on panel
    40 x 50 cm
    15 3/4 x 19 5/8 inches
  • , Las Meninas (after Velázquez), 2017
    Acrylic on canvas
    50 x 40 cm
    19 5/8 x 15 3/4 inches
  • , Las Meninas (after Velázquez), 2017
    Acrylic on canvas
    50 x 40 cm
    19 5/8 x 15 3/4 inches
  • , Blow job, 2017
    Acrylic on canvas
    40 x 50 cm
    15 3/4 x 19 5/8 inches
  • , Castle by day, 2017
    Acrylic on canvas
    165 x 202 x 3,5 cm
    65 x 79 1/2 x 1 3/8 inches
  • , Castle at night, 2017
    Acrylic on canvas
    165 x 202 x 3,5 cm
    65 x 79 1/2 x 1 3/8 inches
  • , Sunday ladies, 2016, 2016
    Acrylic on canvas
    80 x 100 x 4 cm
    31 1/2 x 39 3/8 x 1 5/8 inches
  • , Couple Under a rainbow with a pink Unicorn, 2016
    Acrylic on canvas
    60 x 80 x 4 cm
    23 5/8 x 31 1/2 x 1 5/8 inches
  • , Up the blue stairs, 2017
    Acrylic on wood panel
    80 x 100 x 4 cm
    31 1/2 x 39 3/8 x 1 5/8 inches
  • , Arty portrait, 2017
    Acrylic on canvas
    150 x 120 x 2 cm
    59 x 47 1/4 x 0 3/4 inches
  • , Pink Stage, 2017
    Acrylic on canvas
    80 x 100 x 4 cm
    31 1/2 x 39 3/8 x 1 5/8 inches
  • , Ensor & Friends, 2017
    Acrylic on canvas
    50 x 40 x 4 cm
    19 5/8 x 15 3/4 x 1 5/8 inches
  • , Royal friend portrait, 2017
    Acrylic on canvas
    60 x 80 x 2 cm
    23 5/8 x 31 1/2 x 0 3/4 inches
  • , Sunday drinks, 2017
    Acrylic on canvas
    60 x 80 x 4 cm
    23 5/8 x 31 1/2 x 1 5/8 inches
  • , Wedding portrait, 2017
    Acrylic on canvas
    60 x 70 x 2 cm
    23 5/8 x 27 1/2 x 0 3/4 inches
  • , Evening drink, 2017
    Acrylic on canvas
    60 x 80 x 4 cm
    23 5/8 x 31 1/2 x 1 5/8 inches

Press release

Genieve Figgis is a consummate storyteller. Using paint rather than words, her deeply narrative works—often conjuring characters and settings out of the Edwardian age of the Anglo-Irish aristocracy—fit snugly within this long tradition of Irish cultural production. While it may seem essentialist, if not a political minefield, to overemphasize national identity in critical discussions of Figgis’ work, it could be argued that what distinguishes her use of figuration from the slew of contemporary painters is a distinctive translation of the Irish “blarney” into a pictorial form. What theorists such as Eagleton wrote of nineteenth century Irish writers such as Oscar Wilde’s ambivalent relationship to Britannia could easily applied to Figgis’ own work: both conjure Anglo-Irish society at the cusp of Irish independence. A world that is infused with qualities of “violence, travesty, affection, complicity, mimicry, subversion, mutual mystification.”

- Text by Alison M. Gingeras