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SELECTED WORKS BY Dee Ferris

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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.
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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.
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Dee Ferris
White Wash

2004

oil on canvas

183 x 321 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.
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Dee Ferris
Double Sprung with Deep Pile

2006

oil on canvas

152.5 x 214 cm
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Dee Ferris
Aisle of Parochial Pleasures

2006

oil on canvas

152.5 x 274.5 cm

ARTICLES

Dee Ferris in the exhibition: I want! I want!

Dee Ferris' work is primarily concerned with questions of romance and escapism. Her shimmering oil paintings evoke both the idealised visions of 1970s advertising and the Arcadian landscapes of Turner and Fragonard. These fantasy rococo landscapes explore untenable models of love and friendship, offering faraway adventures in settings of country bliss. Ferris’s seductive images glisten with oil and shimmer with glitter. Her images are ‘views’, depicting ostentatious country houses, glamorous sea-view hotels and nightclubs. Mannequin-like figures sit uncomfortably in lush dripping greenery, flowing turquoise waterfalls and iridescent shores. The exaggerated artificiality and intense hues seem to suggest anxiety as much as relaxed leisure. These are places of unattainable bliss which play upon our collective desires and fantasies. Read the entire article here Source: www.ngca.co.uk
Dee Ferris in the exhibition: The Progressive Future…(Part 1)
The Progressive Future…(Part 1) is a show that responds to today’s visual landscape, asking how an individual might react to the promises, seductions, demands and pollution of consumerist culture. Sucked in and mesmerised, all three artists appropriate material and return it to the cultural sphere re-defined.

Dee Ferris’ work is concerned with questions of romance and escapism. Taking the Arcadian visions of contemporary advertising and rococo painting as her source, she creates fantasy landscapes that explore untenable models of love, friendship, country bliss and faraway adventure.

On canvases richly stained with oil and shimmering with glitter, Ferris creates views of ostentatious residences, glamorous sea-view hotels and night-clubs, where mannequin-like figures sit uncomfortably in lush greenery, flowing turquoise waterfalls and iridescent shores. The heightened artificiality of these seductive constructions evokes a sense of anxiety. The artist points to an unattainable bliss that both mourns and celebrates the painting's own promise of sublime illusion. The work revolves around the point where this vision begins to disintegrate, examining the reality behind the mythology of escape.

Since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2002 Ferris has exhibited in group shows at Neon Gallery, FA Projects, Anthony Wilkinson Gallery and Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York.

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Source:platformprojects.org.uk