George Rouy

Present Tense

27 January – 28 April 2024


About the Artist

George Rouy lives and works in London, UK. Rouy’s approach to the body—and his pursuit of painting—is one of contradiction, harmony, and perpetual transformation, criss-crossing gender, form, and disposition. His work is a fever dream of amorphous, fluid embodiment: rhapsodic portraits of 21st Century desire, of physical dissonance, mystery and secrecy, ecstasy and turmoil, proximity, and distance.

The work is liberated from established ways of being. In its place is an examination of the psychic effects of what encounters mean and feel like, drawing equally on the here-and-now, digital culture and the industrial advances of our age, as they do from primordial expression and the classical demands of color and form. We are in a time of renewed and committed interest in figurative painting and Rouy uses the figure—constrained and liberated—as many-sided prism to examine and interrogate the contemporary crucibles of gender, fiction, and technology.

Rouy’s solo exhibitions include: ‘Endless Song,’ Nicola Vassell Gallery, New York NY (2023); ‘BODY SUIT,’ Hannah Barry Gallery, London, UK (2023); ‘Belly Ache,’ Almine Rech, Paris, France (2022); ‘Gagged, Outpost Gallery,’ Copenhagen, Denmark (2022); and ‘Shit Mirror,’ Peres Projects, Berlin, Germany (2022).

Selected group exhibitions include: ‘The Echo of Picasso,’ curated by Éric Troncy, Museo Picasso Málaga, Malaga, Spain and Almine Rech, New York NY (2023); ‘Full and Pure: Body, Materiality, Gender,’ curated by Mara Hassan, Green Family Art Foundation, Dallas TX (2023); ‘X PINK 101,’ X Museum, Beijing, China (2023); and ‘The New, New,’ Peres Projects, Seoul, South Korea (2023).

On View in Somerset

‘Present Tense’ is on view through 28 April 2024.