Los Angeles

Ian Falconer

Ian Falconer’s first solo show—consisting of 20 acrylic-on-canvas paintings, all framed in black and dated 1988—didn’t impart much besides an energetic freedom with paint and a taste for palatable colors, such as pistachio green, burnt orange, mauve, purple, and flesh. Executed in a loose style, the paintings are permeated with reverence for the work of Matisse, Picasso, and David Hockney (Falconer’s teacher). Falconer shares Hockney’s interest in depicting the reclining male nude, but the younger artist’s figures exude no sexual tension. Instead, they project a limited boyish charm and a great deal of languor; the figures seem poured or smeared into a permanent repose. Falconer renders feet with special interest: most are oversized, à la Picasso. Reclining Nude, View from Feet contains a nice wry touch—two actual paint-footprints appear on the canvas at the end of the nude’s foreshortened

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