Alfie Rouy adopts forms from the natural world to materialise the flow of versatile, fluid-like energies that exist within our shared field of existence.
His free-flowing forms and richly embellished compositions express elements of polarity and unity through figurative imagery. Rouy’s works depict a vision of dreamlike divinity and a surreal reality accompanied by warm, hazy colours which aim to transpose feelings of peace, love, wisdom and unity upon the viewer.
Rouy’s influences range from historical events and civilisations to alchemy, hermetic symbolism and esoteric beliefs, ultimately offering a romanticised view of the mystery of The Dark Ages combined with ancient Eastern and Western philosophies. Each painting takes its starting point from nature and its repetitive forms. From there, Rouy formulates his own kind of flow in the way the lines move, which, when combined with the natural patterns, juxtapose the rigidity and sharpness of the figures who occupy this space.
The Answer Being the Same as Before
100 x 120 cm
You People Who Understand Please Hold Out A Helping Hand
38 x 40 cm
The Moment a Laughing Salamander Caught Eye of a Flying Ostrich
130 x 100 cm
Once Un-enlightened Shadows Have Passed
180 x 150 cm
Antenna/Transmitter/Catching Vibrations II
70 x 50 cm
Appears Before the Moment has Occurred
140 x 130 cm
Throughout his work and process, Rouy attempts to move closer and closer to the evolution of the soul – a common theme throughout the myriad of philosophical texts he uses as reference points.
Rouy combines such references in a kind of synaesthesia, which is especially apparent in the initial stages of creation. From this, he creates his own visual narrative and symbolism, which requires deciphering by the viewer. The varying narratives communicate the evolution of oneself and are applied to things that aren’t necessarily human to connect with an element of mysticism and surrealism. Thus, the work becomes a celebration of the reflective properties of meditation, spiritualism and the subconscious.
About the Artist
Alfie Rouy was born in Sittingbourne, and is based in London, UK. He received his BA in Fine Art at University of the Arts London, Camberwell in 2021.
Recent selected exhibitions include Tree and Leaf, Hannah Barry Gallery, London (2021); Hopscotch, Safehouse One, London (2021); and Caught in the Cave, Kupfer Projects 213, London (2021). The artist has been featured in publications such as Another Magazine and completed a residency at The Changing Room Gallery earlier this year.
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