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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 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.
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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

OTHER RESOURCES

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Additional information and images on Dee Ferris

rca.ac.uk
The Royal College of Art Show 2002 featuring Dee Ferris

ngca.co.uk - 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.

platformprojects.org.uk - Dee Ferris in the exhibition: Progressive Future…(Part 1)
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.

art-online.org - PAINT featuring Dee Ferris
Dee Ferris’s escapist fantasy landscapes explore the seductive and Arcadian promises of advertising, creating untenable models of love, friendship, domestic bliss and hedonistic adventure, in which mannequin-like figures sit uncomfortably by waterfalls, in gardens and on faraway shores. Canvases richly stained with oil and shimmering with glitter heighten the works’ illusionary quality and instil them with a sense of anxiety, an unattainable bliss which both mourns and celebrates painting’s own promise of the construction of a sublime illusion.

takaishiigallery.com - Dee Ferris featured in the exhibition Sugar Hiccup
Sugar Hiccup is based on my love of the music of Scottish band the Cocteau Twins as well as my interest in contemporary electronic musicians influenced by the Cocteau -Twins, in particular, and more generally, the genre of music known as Shoegazer.