Genieve Figgis' paintings share a similar dramatic bent as some Irish-English literature subjects from Edgar Allan Poe to Oscar Wilde, as well as acknowledged Old Masters such as Goya. Her scenes depicting bourgeois homes, traditional portraits, or landscapes are often haunted by spectral figures and leering creatures with canes and top hats. A sense of the charmingly macabre emerges from Figgis' combination of an apparent pictorial banality with dreamlike qualities.
Genieve Figgis, The Great Women Artists Podcast
In Episode 18 of The Great Women Artists Podcast, Katy Hessel interviews the world-renowned Irish artist, GENIEVE FIGGIS!! And WOW was it amazing to interview Genieve, whose vibrant, loosely rendered, liquid-like works that reimagine classical scenes I have been SUCH a fan of since her inaugural London exhibition at Almine Rech back in 2015!
Working in oil and acrylic and at small- to mid-scale, Genieve Figgis produces paintings rich in color, texture, and humor. Striking the balance between figuration, her marble-style and liquid-like paintings are reminiscent of the 18th century Rococo style.
Born in Dublin and now based in County Wicklow, Figgis was always interested in art, however it wasn’t until she was in her thirties with two small children, that she completed her art education in 2012. Exhibiting across Dublin galleries, it wasn’t until Figgis used Twitter to display her artwork in 2014, which caught the attention of one artist in particular – Richard Prince – who introduced Figgis to the New York art scene.
Often reimagining and re-staging historical works – from Boucher, Fragonard, and Watteau – Figgis is particularly interested in scenes that feature sumptuous domestic interiors and stately country homes.
It was such an honour to get to know and interview Genieve. We chat about everything from her strict Irish Catholic upbringing, what it was like entering a museum for the first time aged 19, going to art school later on in life, her ideas and interests behind her incredible painterly scenes, to her process and being an artist today.
Photo: Portrait of Genieve Figgis by Doreen kilfeather, April 2017
- ‘Fortune, Prowess and Alchemy’, Irish Arts Review, Cian McLoughlin, March 2019 — 11.9 MB
- 'The Art of Fashion,' Harper's Bazar, February 2019, pgs. 122 - 125. — 625.3 kB
- Judicael Lavrador, ‘Ces Peintres qui racontent des histoires...’, Beaux-Arts Magazine, February 2019 — 330.7 kB
- 'Genieve Figgis', Artforum, 1st April 2018 — 670.5 kB
- 'Genieve Figgis 3/3 - Art is a Good Fealing First then Luck', 27th February 2018 — 119.8 kB
- 'Genieve Figgis 2/3 - Art is Searching', 23th February 2018 — 147.3 kB
- 'Genieve Figgis 1/3 - Art as as Second Life', 19th February 2018 — 116.8 kB
- Philippe Dagen, 'Sélection galerie : Genieve Figgis chez Almine Rech’, Le Monde, 2nd February 2018 — 851.1 kB
- Paige Silveria, ‘AN INTERVIEW WITH GENIEVE FIGGIS’, Purple Diary, 2nd January 2018 — 339.9 kB
- Kristin Farr, 'Genieve Figgis. Theater of the Obsessed', Juxtapoz, December 2017 — 2.2 MB
- Padraic E.Moore, 'What we do in the shadows', THE VISUAL ARTIST'S NEWS SHEET, September-October 2017' — 1.4 MB
- Kathleen Madden, ‘Genieve Figgis’, Artforum, 27th July 2014 — 31.8 kB
- Dodie Kazanjlan, 'Genieve Figgis- What is Beauty?', VOGUE, 12th July 2017 — 549.6 kB
- Peter Gill, 'Genieve Figgis : what we do in the shadows', INTERNATIONAL ART EXHIBITIONS, July, 2017 — 6.7 MB
- Judicaël Lavrador, ‘Cinq nouvelles tendances de la peinture’, Beaux Arts magazine, February 2017 — 457.6 kB
- Catarina Vaz, 'Genieve Figgis interview', ARM, June 2017 — 1.0 MB
- Liesbeth Langouche, 'Collectionneurs at Art Brussels', COLLECT ART ANTIQUES AUCTIONS, n°471, April 2017 — 942.1 kB
- Jessica D.Wessel, 'Genieve Figgis Interview', CRUSH Fanzine, 4th January 2017 — 387.2 kB
- ‘Genieve Figgis - Why I Paint’, Phaidon, 2016 — 504.3 kB
- 'Interview: Genieve Figgis', Parterre de Rois, April 2016 — 2.8 MB
- Dominique Mucols, 'Genieve Figgis', Flaunt Magazine, April 2016 — 1.0 MB
- Gemma Tipton, 'People to watch in 2018 : Arts', THE IRISH TIMES, Saturday, 9th January, 2016 — 276.2 kB
- Ben Eastham, ‘Up and Coming:From Ireland’s Wicklow Mountains, Genieve Figgis Paints Dark Narratives of Previous Worlds’, Artsy, 16th November 2015 — 2.0 MB
- '25 Must-See Shows This November', Artsy, 27th October 2015 — 192.2 kB
- Olivia Parkes, ‘The Irish Artist Attacking the Female Figure with Pain’, Broadly.vice.com, 23rd October 2015 — 1.0 MB
- Roberta Smith, ‘Genieve Figgis:’Good Morning,Midnight’, The New York Times, 23rd October 2014 — 393.0 kB
- ‘New York - Genieve Figgis:’Good Morning,Midnight’ at Half Gallery through October 25th, 2014’, Art Observed, 22nd October 2014 — 532.7 kB
- ‘Artist Brings Back Rococo Painting And Leaves It Out to Rot’, Huffington Post, 27th September 2014 — 1.5 MB