by Barry Morris in New Art on Wednesday 23 May 2012

Ian Francis’s art is all about exploring notions of the Internet, celebrity, cinema, global fears and threats, pornography, the over saturation of the mass media, and thirst for news coverage of sex, death, war. Using vast and often empty landscapes, with hints of despair, melancholy and alienation, Francis plays figurative elements against abstract backgrounds, using the act of painting as a way of processing the information gathered from Internet binges and forging a world of escapism within his paintings.