The National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland, 2012, Masters in Fine Art.
Ireland. Co Wicklow,
Painting at the intersection between abstraction and portraiture, Figgis unites an abiding interest in history with a penchant for the macabre. As critic David Rimanelli notes, “the figures populating Genieve Figgis’ paintings emanate from some luminescent netherworld, suspended between life and death, or living life and death or life through death in a land of the willingly lost, enchanted and menacing by turns.” Laden with both humor and anxiety, her work is at once wrought with emotional intensity and haunted by psychological deviance, rooted in her ethereal caricatures of genteel society gone awry.
Incorporating sourced imagery of royalty from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Figgis engages in an ongoing dialogue with the court painter tradition, exploring the absurdity of history and power dynamics — subjects deeply related to her Irish heritage — through depictions of English aristocracy, grandiose architecture, and baroque fashion. By means of her distinctly anti-academic aesthetic, which features motifs that are, at turns, psychedelic and grotesque, Figgis' work implies a sense of distrust in authority figures and accepted dogmas, instead relegating them to a place of ridicule and farce.
Indicative of current trends in communication, in which social media has the power to engender changes in public perception, Figgis’ induction into the American art scene was largely through the Internet, where she first gained recognition in New York circles on Twitter and Instagram. Through her autonomous self-promotion and resoundingly positive public reception, Figgis has acquired a reputation as a rising talent in contemporary art, whose unique style has garnered the attention of notable collectors and art enthusiasts worldwide.
A native of Dublin, Ireland, Figgis has exhibited extensively since completing her BFA and MFA degrees at The National College of Art and Design. During the past two years, she has contributed work to group shows at Flood Gallery in Dublin, Angell Gallery in Toronto, and Mall Galleries in London, and has been featured in solo shows at Transition Gallery in London, Talbot Gallery in Dublin, and Studio 9 in Wexford. In fall 2014, Half Gallery will organize a solo exhibition of her work in New York. She is currently represented by Fulton Ryder.
Genieve Figgis: Yes Captain will coincide with the release of the artist's first book, Making Love with the Devil, published by Fulton Ryder and featuring an essay by David Rimanelli.
Genieve Figgis holds a Masters and Bachelor Degree in Painting from The National College of Art and Design Dublin.
Born: 1972 Dublin, Ireland.
2010-2012 M.F.A:The National College of Art & Design, Dublin.
2007 B.A Hons:The National College of Art & Design Dublin.
2006 B.A. Fine Art:Gorey School of Art, Wexford.
2014: Half Gallery, New York, U.S.A Solo show.
2014: Harpers Books, East Hampton, New York,Solo show.
2014: 'I Heart Paint' Angell Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
2014: R.H.A. 184th Annual Show, Dublin, Ireland.
2014:"Any place but here" Transition Gallery, London, Solo show.
2014:"Carny" Flood Gallery, Dublin,Ireland.
2014: "Masques" Transition Gallery,London,U.K.
2014: Fulton Ryder, New York, U.S.A Solo show.
2014: London Art Fair with Transition Gallery, UK.
2013: 'Atomic' Transition Gallery London, UK
2013: Threadneedle Art Prize Exhibition, Mall Galleries,London.
2013: The Royal Hibernian Academy 183rd Annual exhibition.
2013: 'Next Chapter' Selected Graduates,Bocs, Wales.
2013: Ficticious Posibilities. Talbot Gallery,Dublin. Solo show.
2012: 'Historical Histories' Studio 9, Wexford Solo show.
2012:NCAD,Selected Graduates,Boyle arts Festival.
2012 NCAD,MFA Graduate Exhibition, Steambox, Dublin.
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.
Public and Private Collections.
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