Terry Rodgers

6 Oct

 

 

I first stumbled across the art of Terry Rodgers in the December 2004 issue of Black + White magazine. Rodgers’ paintings are full of glitz, glamour and, more disconcertingly, dread. In some ways, his paintings resemble the images of photo bloggers like The Cobrasnake and lastnightsparty. The key point of difference, however, is that no one is smiling. The practiced nonchalance of Rodgers’ partygoers has lapsed into a lethargic sense of anxiety. It’s as if they’ve glimpsed their own emptiness and realised that they are as superficial as their gilded surrounds. As Rodgers’ states on his website:

 

My paintings are large, complex designs that attempt to reflect my sense of the times we are living in, and both how richly interesting they are and how difficult it is for most of us to navigate their uncharted waters. There is a great push and pull, the lure and the repulsion, the fiction and the real, the known and the unknown. And we live in this swirl of delicate gestures, driving desires, fantasy, economic complexity and interdependence, isolation and hope. I am trying to render some notion of this rich fabric.

 

Check out the gallery below and view more at Terry Rodgers’ website here.

 

 

It’s as if someone gave Bret Easton Ellis a paintbrush.

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