George Rouy

  • , Gagged , 2022
    Acrylic and oil on canvas
    180 x 140 cm
    Gagged
  • Grounds of a Broken Heart, 2022
    Oil and acrylic on canvas
    220 x 190 cm
    Grounds of a Broken Heart
  • , Tearing of the Savage Breast, 2022
    Oil and acrylic on canvas
    210 x 230 cm
    Tearing of the Savage Breast
  • , Heavy Feet Walking Away, 2021
    Acrylic and oil on canvas
    210 x 230 cm
    Heavy Feet Walking Away
  • False Window , 2021
    Acrylic on canvas
    250 x 225 cm
    False Window
  • , When its too close to see, 2022
    Acrylic on canvas
    270 x 200 cm
    When its too close to see
  • , Silence, 2019
    Acrylic and oil on canvas
    220 x 300 cm
    Silence
  • , Four Lounging, 2018
    Acrylic on canvas
    160 x 240 cm
    Four Lounging
  • , Beyond Being, 2018
    Acrylic on canvas
    160 x 240 cm
    Beyond Being
  • , Squeeze Hard Enough It Might Just Pop!, 2017
    Acrylic on canvas
    56 x 46 cm
    Squeeze Hard Enough It Might Just Pop!

George Rouy (b. 1994, Kent, UK) lives and works in London. Rouy’s approach to the body - and his pursuit of painting - is one of contradiction, harmony and perpetual transformation, criss-crossing gender, form and disposition. His work is a fever dream of amorphous, fluid embodiment: rhapsodic portraits of 21st century desire, of physical dissonance, mystery and secrecy, ecstasy and turmoil, proximity and distance.  

The work is liberated from established ways of being. In its place is an examination of the psychic effects of what encounters mean and feel like, drawing equally on the here-and-now, digital culture  and the industrial  advances of our age, as they do from primordial expression and the classical demands of colour and form.

The human figure has long preoccupied artists of all times; its story dominates the history of art. In its imagination and in its image-making we find clues to how artists have grappled and engaged with the political and socio-cultural moods and attitudes of their moment. We are in a time of renewed and committed interest in figurative painting and Rouy uses the figure - constrained and liberated - as many-sided prism to examine and interrogate the contemporary crucibles of gender, fiction and technology. 


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