Exploring the depths of the human experience with Elsa Rouy's figurative paintings
The London-based artist's constantly evolving work explores the complexities of the human condition through layers of acrylic.
- Joey Levenson
- 2 May 2023
Here, we're introducing Elsa Rouy, an accomplished artist hailing from Sittingbourne, Kent, now based in the cultural hub of London. Elsa creates captivating works of art using acrylic on canvas, building up and removing thin layers to create intriguing textures reminiscent of glazing with oils. As a figurative painter, Elsa uses the body as a medium to express complex emotions that are often difficult to verbalise. While her figures are ungendered, representing anyone and everyone, Elsa often portrays the female form as it's something she's most comfortable with. Her work delves into the intricacies of the human condition, exploring the blurred boundaries between life and death, interior and exterior, containment and expulsion, pleasure and pain, and obscured identities.
Her figures are also in a constant state of transformation, creating an alluring sense of evolution in her work. Elsa draws inspiration from the interactions between people, both in their moments of togetherness and in solitude. Most intrinsic to Elsa’s art is how she captures the beauty and awkwardness of human emotions. Elsa's creative influences include renowned artist Louise Bourgeois and contemporary artist Hermann Nitsch, whose works she's recently been exploring. With her undeniable talent, Elsa is undoubtedly a force to be reckoned with in the art world and we're excited to see where her work takes her in the future.
Elsa Rouy: Guts Gallery, I Could Always Crack a Joke (Copyright © Elsa Rouy, 2022)
About the Author
Joey is a freelance design, arts and culture writer based in London. They were part of the It’s Nice That team as editorial assistant in 2021, after graduating from King’s College, London. Previously, Joey worked as a writer for numerous fashion and art publications, such as HERO Magazine, Dazed, and Candy Transversal.