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Endless Summer by Ian Francis

Bristol-based artist Ian Francis continues to create powerful artworks using a combination of abstraction and figuration. His approach incorporates elements of drawing and painting as he layers multiple visual components on the same canvas. In his recent exhibition, titled Endless Summer, intricate compositions seem to appear as snapshots suspended in time and contain moments of both clarity and distortion.

Francis has a knack for dramatics. We see partially-rendered figures placed against fields of dark colors, mysterious textures, and in unknown locations. The artist is interested in representing ideas of utopia and dystopia, while referencing the jumble of images that we see during any given day; he's intrigued by the circumstances that bring these random pictures together, like when a realistically-painted woman is paired with non-representational brush strokes.

Endless Summer is on view at Outsiders Gallery in London until October 4 of this year.

Ian Francis website
via [Supersonic Art]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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