Gentleman Caller
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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    New York, Harper's Books, Genieve Figgis: Yes Captain, 5 July - 6 August 2014

  • Catalogue Essay

    Irish contemporary painter Genieve Figgis is widely celebrated for her fantastical compositions that strike a unique balance between abstraction and portraiture. Drawing inspiration from lavish 18th-century Rococo-style scenes, Figgis reinvents historical depictions of the bourgeois elite with a playfully dark twist.

    Executed in 2014, Gentleman Caller is not only a striking example from Figgis’ charmingly macabre oeuvre, but also one that succeeds in showcasing the artist’s adroit handling of her medium. As suggested by the title, the painting presents a couple caught amid a friendly embrace: a gentleman bowing in front of his female companion and her miniature dog, the woman’s hand affectionately clasped in his. The pair’s defining features are lost, however, in the elaborately textured brushstrokes that appear to cake, swirl and melt before the viewer’s eyes. Appearing at once highly controlled whilst also entirely accidental, the distorted depiction of the pair almost reduces their bodies to wisps, introducing a humorous yet eerie quality to the dream-like scene.

    Ever since the renowned American painter Richard Prince introduced Figgis to the New York art scene after discovering her work on Twitter in 2014, she has enjoyed a meteoric rise to international acclaim. In recent years, this has included solo exhibitions at prestigious galleries, including Almine Rech in Shanghai (2019) and Paris (2018), and the Half Gallery in New York (2018).

  • Catalogue Essay

    愛爾蘭當代畫家珍尼維·菲吉斯以其非同尋常的構圖而廣受讚譽,在抽象與肖像之間取得獨特的平衡。菲吉斯從18世紀洛可可風的華麗場面中汲取靈感,以一種玩笑暗黑的扭曲方式重塑歷史描繪的中產精英。

    《窈窕淑女,君子好逑》 創作於2014年,不僅是菲吉斯迷人而恐怖的系列中一個受矚目的例子,也成功地展示了藝術家對於媒材的熟練處理。正如標題所示,這幅畫展現了一對正在友好示愛的情侶:一位紳士在他的女伴和她的小狗面前鞠躬,女人的手被深情地緊握在他的手中。這對情侶沒有明顯的辨別特徵,儘管如此,精緻厚重的筆法似乎在觀者的眼前結塊、旋轉並融化。仿佛處於高度操控但也完全隨機的狀態下,對情侶扭曲的描繪幾乎將他們的身體簡化成一縷青煙使得,使得夢境般的場景呈現出幽默卻怪誕的氛圍。

    自2014年,美國著名畫家理查德·普林斯在Twitter上發現她的作品並將菲吉斯推向紐約藝術界以來,她便迅速享有國際上的廣泛贊譽。在過去的幾年中,曾在著名畫廊舉辦個展,包括Almine Rech畫廊在上海(2019年)和巴黎(2018年)的空間,以及紐約的Half Half畫廊(2018年)。

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Gentleman Caller

2014
signed, titled and dated '"Gentleman Caller" Genieve figgis (2014)' on the reverse
oil on wood panel
38.1 x 30.5 cm. (15 x 12 in.)
Painted in 2014.

Estimate
HK$300,000 - 500,000 
€35,800-59,600
$38,500-64,100

sold for HK$562,500

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