ambiguities in gender, form and disposition

London-based artist George Rouy’s approach to the human form creates ambiguities in gender, form and disposition. Often painted in pink, blue, or muted earth tones, his figures bulge and blur against abstract backgrounds, giving them a primal or alien quality. Rouy explores the body as a site of contradictions: harmony and transformation, ecstasy and turmoil, proximity and distance,  as his figures curl and contort into the confines of the canvas.


Rather than showing an explicit narrative, the seductive rendering of form and shape in his works takes on metaphorical significance: “The tilted heads in some of the figures make a reference to frustration and things being broken. I would say every series has an awareness for what’s currently going on, both in myself and in the world,” he says. 


A graduate of the Camberwell College of Arts in London, Rouy has enjoyed solo and group exhibitions in London, Berlin, Los Angeles, and New York, among other cities.

June 8, 2022