Artist Genieve Figgis has been painting portraits for over 12 years and holds a Masters and Bachelor Degree in Fine Art Painting from NCAD. The artist has a fascination with people and is interested in how they choose to present themselves. Her work has always been about the façade of portraiture.
In her work, Figgis engages with what is hidden and feels this to be much more interesting. The work is in response to the idea of portraiture drawing from contemporary and historical resources where the truths are buried and images are fictionalised. The artist loves the opportunity that a portrait offers, with its history and its spectacle. Choosing to paint on frame mounted board, this stage becomes a place to hearald the narcissism of portraiture, allowing the paint to describe the spectacle.
Having a keen interest in historical drama and theatre, Figgis reads historical fiction novels and loves nothing more than a trip to the National Gallery. Citing it as a place where you can step back in time and experience images from the past, the past being a safer place to be.
Born: 1972 Dublin, Ireland.
2010-2012 Masters in Fine Art at The National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland.
2007 B.A Hons in Fine Art from The National College of Art and Design Dublin, Ireland.
2006 B.A. in Fine Art from Gorey School of Art, Wexford. Ireland.
2013: The Royal Hibernian Academy 183rd Annual Show, Dublin.
2013: 'Next Chapter' group show. Bocs celf, castle street, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, Wales.
2013: Ficticious Posibilities.Solo Show. Talbot Gallery,Dublin.
2012: 'Historical Histories' Studio 9 Solo Show, Wexford Town,
2012:NCAD,Selected Graduate Group Show, Boyle arts Festival.
2012 NCAD,MFA Graduate Exhibition, Steambox, school street, Dublin 8
2011 The Royal Hibernian Academy 181st Annual Exhibition.
2011 MFA Intern Exhibition, Frances street, Dublin.
2010 Mill Theatre Dundrum, Summer Exhibition.
2010 Boyle Arts Festival, Invited Artist.
2010 Royal Hibernian Academy 180th Annual Exhibition.
2009 Royal Hibernian Academy 179th Annual Exhibition.
2009 Queen Street Gallery, Belfast. With Artist Iain Andrews.
2008 Film Base, Temple Bar Dublin.
2007 Royal Hibernian Academy Recent Graduates.
2007 National College of Art and Design, Graduate Showcase.
2005 Hot Punch Winter exhibition. co Wexford.
2004 Presence Hopewire Gallery Bunclody, co Wexford.
2004 Hopewire Gallery Bursary.
2006 Gorey School of Art Bursary.
2007 Sony PSP Showcase.