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SELECTED WORKS BY Dee Ferris

Still Life With Flowers
Dee Ferris
Still Life With Flowers

2005

oil on canvas

183 x 183 cm
In Still Life With Flowers, Ferris’s luscious abstraction gives way to a suggested bouquet of blinding white. Set within flowing textures and translucent clouds, Ferris’s form creates the nostalgic ellusiveness of distant memory. Using the tactility of paint to voice emotional excess, Ferris’ canvases exude an uncomfortable disclosure, enhancing the awkwardly maudlin through their luridly poetic presence. Confronting the insincerity of media spun schmaltz, Ferris blissfully authenticates the most overwrought affections, her paintings conveying the hyper-reality of unadulterated feeling.
This England
Dee Ferris
This England

2004

oil on canvas

183 x 321 cm
Presenting mere glimpses of her subjects, Ferris conceives painting as a platform for ambient communication: nebulous brushwork conveys the delicacy of heartfelt longing; her chimeric narratives are hinted through distant vaporous vignettes. Using the tropes of melodrama, Dee Ferris’s paintings drip with an over the top sentimentality. Transcending kitsch, Ferris wittily uses cliché to describe emotional absolutes, validating the gushy and saccharine as genuine sensation. In This England, Byron-esque themes of poetry dance through the pearlescent mists of her canvas. White horses charge through the foggy English countryside, an almost filmic scene, celebratory of a lost heritage, as innocent and frivous as Fragonnard or Watteau.
White Wash
Dee Ferris
White Wash

2004

oil on canvas

183 x 241 cm
In White Wash, Ferris presents a scene of sublime romanticism worthy of Casper David Frederich. Almost entirely abstracted, just a hint of a figure can be seen, swallowed by the vast colour fields. Ferris’s work carries an embarrassed spirituality: the raw and cerebral power of paint shamelessly describing the decoratively sentimental. Revelling in the grandeur of its construction, White Wash presents landscape as idea rather than location: an artificial perfection boasting the supremacy of emotive desire over nature.
Double Sprung with Deep Pile
Dee Ferris
Double Sprung with Deep Pile

2006

oil on canvas

152.5 x 214 cm
Aisle of Parochial Pleasures
Dee Ferris
Aisle of Parochial Pleasures

2006

oil on canvas

152.5 x 274.5 cm

Dee Ferris's BIOGRAPHY

Dee Ferris
Born in 1973, Paulton, Somerset, UK
Lives and works in London, UK



SOLO EXHIBITIONS



2009
Dressing Up For The Comedown, Corvi-Mora, London

2007
Taro Nasu, Tokyo

2006
Dream of a Thousand Suburbs, Corvi-Mora, London

2004
Corvi-Mora, London

2000
Story, Hemma Hos Julia, Stockholm


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2014
Sargent's Daughters, New York

2013
Aquatopia: The Imaginary of the Ocean Deep”, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham; Tate St Ives, St Ives (cat)
Corvi-Mora, London

2010
This and That II, Corvi-Mora, London

2009
We're Moving, Royal College of Art, London
Opera Rock, Museé d'Art Contemporain de Bordeaux, Bordeaux (cat)

2008
Legende, Centre d’ Art Contemporain, Charamande, France
Art Now: Strange Solution", Tate Britain, London

2007
RAW Among The Ruins, MARRES Centre for Contemporary Culture, Maastricht

2005
The Music of the Future, Gasworks, London (curated by Laurence Kavanagh)
Ein Ding von Schönheit ein Glück auf immer", Corvi-Mora, London
Can Buildings Curate, Architectural Association, London
The Triumph of Painting, Saatchi Gallery, London (cat)

2004
Expander, Royal Academy of Arts, 6 Burlington Gardens, London
Sugar Hiccup, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
The Futurians, Taro Nasu Gallery, Tokyo
Art of the Garden, Tate Britain, London
Other Times, City Gallery Prague, Prague
Concert In The Egg, The Ship, London

2003
I want! I want!, Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sunderland; The Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne
The Peripheries Become the Centre, Prague Biennale, Prague
Natura/Nature", Galleria d'Arte Moderna Ricci Oddi, Piacenza
The Progressive Future, Platform, London
Anthony Wilkinson, London
ARTfutures 2003, The Contemporary Art Society's Art Market, London
Dirty Pictures, The Approach, London
Exploring Landscape: Eight Views from Britain, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York

2002
Paint, FA Projects, London
Fame and Promise, 14 Wharf Roaf, London
The Only Way Forward, Neon Gallery, London
The Show 2002, Royal College of Art, London

2001
All This May Someday Be Yours, Royal College of Art, London
Painting Interim Show, Royal College of Art, London