George Rouy

February 11–April 4, 2020

MINE PROJECT is pleased to present a solo exhibition of works by the London-based artist George Rouy (b. 1994, Sittingbourne, UK). It is his first solo exhibition in Asia.

George Rouy’s approach to the body—and his pursuit of painting—is one of contradiction and harmony and of perpetual transformation, criss-crossing gender, form and disposition. His work is a fever dream of amorphous, fluid embodiment; rhapsodic portraits of 21st century desire, filled and re-filling with physical dissonance, mystery and secrecy, ecstasy and turmoil, proximity and distance.

The work is liberated from established ways of being and becoming and in its place are pure paintings with soul—examining the psychic effects of what encounters mean and feel like, drawing equally on the here-and-now, the internet and the machine 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 George Rouy uses the figure—constrained and liberated—as many-sided prism to examine and interrogate the contemporary crucibles of gender, fiction, and technology. This part artificial, part absurd, part absolute truth gives George Rouy’s subjects an emotional vulnerability matched by their physical instability.

George Rouy received his BFA from Camberwell College of Arts in London in 2015.

The artist currently lives and works in Kent.

Instagram: @georgerouy

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