[February 14 2022]
British artist, Alex Foxton’s painting takes traditional images of masculinity, deconstructs their archetypes and reveals their complexity and ambiguity. The designer turned artist started out as a student at Central Saint Martins with a major in Fashion Design and went on to work for luxury brands such as Dior Homme and Bottega Veneta in Paris and Milan. Foxton’s latest exhibition revolves around the “evil eye,” giving the exhibition it’s title. In England, according to superstition, people will salute a magpie whenever they see one, the way a soldier salutes a general. Should you not do this, it then becomes a portent of bad luck. Foxton thus summons various figures, which are sometimes already familiar throughout his paintings: sumos, bullfighters, Greek statues, all sorts of models who alienate us. On the walls, the drawings rub shoulders with the paintings, without any sort of hierarchy. They are not mere studies; they have a fundamental importance for Foxton, revealing the strength behind his initial gestures. The intimacy of the medium creates a closeness with us and draws us into a face-to-face encounter with the work.
On view now until February 19 2022 at Galerie Derouillon, Paris
13 Rue de Turbigo, 75002 Paris
Photos by Grégory Copitet