A serious distrust of appearences lies at the heart of the ‘portrait’ paintings of Genieve Figgis. Her exhibition at the Talbot Gallery, Dublin is called Fictitious Possibilities. The works present images of Royalty and religious and art-historical icons. While there is a connection to traditional portraiture as exemplified by artists like Holbein, her treatment or mis-treatment has something in commom with contemporary painters such as Dawn Mellor; but without the extreme shock tactics. Figgis is after the deceipt of the public appearence and the ugly truth (a different kind of beauty?) which might lie beneath. See more works by Genieve Figgis here.
Posted by Robert Armstrong