Ian Francis is one of the first artist we ever reviewed on Trendland, almost 5 years later, Francis continues painting beautiful mixed media pieces, and he has just started his first one-man show at the Joshua Liner gallery and marks his solo debut in New York. The Fireland exhibition started March 3rd until April 2nd.
Working in mixed media on canvas, Ian Francis combines abstraction, figuration, and elements of both painting and drawing to create distinctly contemporary works.
His robust approach uses a range of techniques including acrylic, oil, charcoal, ink and graphite, all deployed in a spontaneous, seemingly off-the-cuff manner.
Below this active “surface,” however, are subtle notes of melancholy, alienation and social critique, revealing a nuanced regard for contemporary mores.