Selected works by Dee Ferris

Dee Ferris
Still Life With Flowers


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.

Dee Ferris
This England


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.

Dee Ferris
White Wash


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.

Dee Ferris
Double Sprung with Deep Pile


Oil on canvas

152.5 x 214 cm
Dee Ferris
Aisle of Parochial Pleasures


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


“Pictures Of Trickery”, Corvi-Mora, London

Dressing Up For The Comedown, Corvi-Mora, London

Taro Nasu, Tokyo

Dream of a Thousand Suburbs, Corvi-Mora, London

Corvi-Mora, London

Story, Hemma Hos Julia, Stockholm


"Malevolent Eldritch Shrieking", Attercliffe™, Sheffield

Sargent's Daughters, New York

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

This and That II, Corvi-Mora, London

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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