Modern Beauty is Ian’s first exhibition since returning to live in New Plymouth. In this series of works, Ian connects the anxiety and emotion of modern life with a world of influencers, followers and fake images. There is a series of paintings, studies of the emotion that every person feels growing up. And, in a series of digital prints, there is a reflection of the public profiles of influencers, whose own manipulated and polished self images, contribute to contemporary ideas of beauty. This is a sympathetic reading of modern life for his two daughters, who will have to face navigating their own path through life.
Ian has previously had work exhibited in Artspace, Auckland and the Govett Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth. His art reflects his investigation into surrealism and psychology. An interest in contemporary British art reflects his own personal identity and the time he has spent living and working in the UK. He identifies British artists, Francis Bacon and Cornelia Parker and the New York painter George Condo as influences.
Modern Beauty, Koru Gallery, New Plymouth.
Satartday. RM 103 Gallery. Auckland.
National Drawing Awards. Artspace. Auckland.
The Graduates. Percy Thomson Gallery. Stratford.
Humediaty: A Media (re)Presentation. New Plymouth.
Material Editor. Taranaki Short Digital Film Showcase.
Govett Brewster Art Gallery. New Plymouth.