GENIEVE FIGGIS (B. 1972)
GENIEVE FIGGIS (B. 1972)
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GENIEVE FIGGIS (B. 1972)

Royal Friends

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GENIEVE FIGGIS (B. 1972)
Royal Friends
signed and dated 'Genieve figgis 2015' (on the reverse)
acrylic on canvas
39 x 47in. (99 x 119.4cm.)
Painted in 2015
Provenance
Half Gallery, New York.
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2015.
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Artist's Resale Right ("Droit de Suite"). Artist's Resale Right Regulations 2006 apply to this lot, the buyer agrees to pay us an amount equal to the resale royalty provided for in those Regulations, and we undertake to the buyer to pay such amount to the artist's collection agent.

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Lot Essay

Inspired by eighteenth century aesthetics, Genieve Figgis’ seemingly saccharine tableaux often reveal more sinister realities. In Royal Friends (2015), the sentiment is delightfully macabre. Ostensibly a court portrait, the world of Royal Friends may appear gilded, but under the artist’s hand, the view has been distorted, almost solarised as her figures decompose and liquify into streams of aquamarine paint. The fluidity of Figgis’ images owes much to her choice to work in acrylic, which can be aqueous, loose, and translucent: she loves the ‘unreliability’ of the paint and, in fact, rarely plans her canvases in advance, preferring instead to let the materials shape and transmogrify her images (G. Figgis, quoted in P. Silveria, ‘An Interview with Genieve Figgis’, Purple Diary, 2 January 2018). The results are bewitching and exhilarating, a spooky reimagining of past decadence.

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