Transition Gallery
Friday, May 2, 2014
Sunday, May 25, 2014
Unit 25a Regent Studios, 8 Andrews Road, London E8 4QN

First London solo show by Dublin based painter Genieve Figgis. Any Place but Here is a title that Figgis has had in her mind for a long time; it exemplifies the subject matter of her enigmatic, densely worked paintings which take her into the real or imaginary worlds that surround a host of historic characters that she chances upon in books, magazines, films or on the internet. Figgi’s characters are often royal or religious rulers, people whose image stands as a representative of their high status. She is interested in revealing the things hidden from view to reveal the façade of portraiture. Her recent work has started to inquire into the scenery surrounding the portraits – the decor that provides an important part of their power and authority. She depicts how she imagines the times to be, trying to get beyond what the history books tell us, to revel in an enjoyment of the costumes and the staging of the drama.