Psyche-Soma: Florian Eymann

12 May - 3 June 2017

Rhodes Contemporary Art are thrilled to present ‘Psyche-Soma’, the debut UK solo exhibition from French painter Florian Eymann.


The show presents an all new body of 23 original artworks in oil and watercolour on paper and canvas. Creating alluring portraiture inspired by the masters, Eymann’s interpretations feature purposeful distortions, encouraging the audience to think about the relationship between the mind and the body.


“I want the audience to think of classical portraits initially, then notice my distortions and make their own interpretations. The viewer must delve into their own psyche to fill in the gaps and create each piece as a whole.” Eymann


Inspired by the great masters Caravaggio, Rubens, Rembrandt, and often stylistically compared to Francis Bacon, Eymann's work features intense brush strokes and areas of thick impasto.


Using classic portraiture as a base, Eymann takes only the most recognizable elements as a starting point, incorporating expressive elements to hide or deform non-relevant attributes.


On bringing his work to London for the first time, Eymann said:

“London is a city I love for its dynamism and cultural boldness, yet as with many capital cities across the world, I feel people can be too busy in work and life and often neglect the psyche. I’d like those who come to the show to allow the work to arouse the emotions and take the opportunity to connect with oneself on a deeper level.”