George Rouy’s paintings represent the intertwining of embodiment, transformation, ecstasy and nihilism. Frequently composed of bodies that subvert and congeal anatomies, seduce one another with gormless, erotic stares and evoke a primordial energy. Inspired by old masters, Picasso, and more recently the choreographer Sharon Eyal, Rouy’s paintings are lucid representations of contemporary affects such as alienation, euphoria and isolation. Their lurid, graded layers reflect an age of Photoshop and digital identities, whilst their impact in the flesh harkens to something timeless and amorphous, capturing a force and intensity close to that of dancefloor or a nightmare.
George Rouy (b. 1994, Sittingbourne) lives and works in Kent. Rouy received his BA (Hons) Fine Art from Camberwell College of Arts. Recent solo presentations of his work include: Smothered Awake, Steve Turner, Los Angeles (2018); Squeeze Hard Enough It Might Just Pop!, Hannah Barry Gallery, London (2017); and Leaking Visions of Red, Anna Zorina Gallery, New York City (2018). Recent group exhibitions include: Adrian, George, Peter, Sofia e Tamina, P420, Bologna (2019); Metamorphõseõn, Galerie Sultana, Paris (2018); and Rhapsodies, PingPong, Brussel (2018).