Endless Summer is a Balance of Clarity and Distortion

By: Vasiliki Marapas - Sep 8, 2014
References: ifrancis & mymodernmet
Ian Francis, an artist based in Bristol, UK, has recently unveiled his latest exhibition, Endless Summer.

Each composition in the series feels like a lucid dream; there are moments of both articulation and distortion. The surreal images are created using a layering technique, involving coating several visual elements onto a single canvas to create the final, surreal abstraction. He is intrigued by the juxtaposition between these elements; for instance, a realistically-painted woman rendered with unconventional brush strokes.

The figures in his paintings are shrouded in mystery, appearing from dark, shadowy, texturized backgrounds. Though we are unsure of the location, time or context of the paintings, making it feel more like a figment from a dream, or a distant memory that we're trying to bring into focus, Francis intends to explore the concepts of utopia and dystopia.