IAN FRANCIS

Ian Francis creates blockbuster canvases seemingly beamed through from Earth's future. He works with mixed media, examining the most contemporary issues facing the human condition. Our selfish modern existence, defined by entertainment television, sensationalist media, video games, and a rampant sense of entitlement, collides with the ancient forces of the universe; Ian's dazzling, detailed, dreamlike narratives are the aftershock. The art is effortlessly uncomfortable while simultaneously dramatically appealing, seemingly parochial but peppered with pan-national references. Figures in intimate situations are illuminated by far-reaching vistas. Mainstream motifs play out complex, open-ended scenes inspired by the ultra-modern methods of graphic art pioneers, and the ideologue tendencies of authors JG Ballard and Michel Houellebecq.