Ian Francis' hyper-intelligent, multi-layered, work is intricate in form and content. It is effortlessly uncomfortable while at the same time dramatically appealing, seemingly insular yet peppered with pan-national references. Figures in intimate situations are illuminated by far-reaching backdrops. Mainstream motifs play out complex, open-ended scenes made with ultra-modern methods.
Francis himself says his work is "about pornography and news reports from warzones rather than sex and death", echoing the atomised and hedonistic nature of modern everyday life. He is one of several Lazarides artists based in the West Country.