Rouy creates artwork that is founded in a female gaze on sex, its anxiety, and its pleasure: she focuses on moments at the intersection of intimacy and sexuality, interested in the dialogue between subject and surrounding.
Elsa Rouy is an artist from Sittingbourne, Kent who now lives and works in London; she is currently completing her BA Hons in Painting at Camberwell College of the Arts. Rouy creates artwork that founded in a female gaze on sex, its anxiety, and its pleasure: she focuses on moments at the intersection of intimacy and sexuality, interested in the dialogue between subject and surrounding. She plays with depictions of female and male genitalia, making paintings of figures with their sexual organs revealed and using genitalia as a way to navigate anxieties that come with having, and being conscious of, a body.
The paintings also explore themes of emotional pretense and trepidation between people, highlighted through sexual intercourse. Her work focuses on bodily fluids such as semen, milk, urine, sweat, and saliva, using this imagery to highlight our paradoxical relationship to sex and its products – we find it at once repulsive and alluring. In addition to this, these fluids probe the link between pleasure, death, and reproduction.
Elsa’s main aim is to include the viewer as a voyeuristic counterpart within an erotic scene that feels personal rather than pornographic. Ensnaring the viewer with an initial feeling of comfort, intrigue, and excitement, then permeating this security with a subconscious reaction of repulsion and uneasiness.
B. Sittingbourne, UK. Based in London UK.
2018-Current Camberwell college of the arts (UAL), BA Painting, London
2016-2018 University for the creative arts, Level 3 extended diploma in art and design: Distinction, Rochester
2020, Plastic doesn’t sweat, Guts Gallery, London
2020, Platform, Unit London, London, Solo
2020, Limbo, Everyday Gallery, Antwerp
2020, Begin Again, Guts Gallery, London
2020, When spiders unite they can tie down a lion, Daniel Raphael Gallery, London
2020, Drawn Together, Unit London, London
2020, No time like the present, Public Gallery, London
2020, Guts Gallery Claps back, Guts Gallery, London
2020, Hands in the digital age, Molly Stedgwick.com, London
2020, When shit hits the fan, Guts Gallery, Guts Gallery, London
2020, Don’t Panic, Southwark Park Galleries, London
2019, End of year, Camberwell college of the arts, London
2019, Lazy Susan's Sizzling Prism, Safehouse 1, London
2018, Christmas show, The Flying Dutchman, London
2018, Foundation show, University for the creative arts, Rochester
Coeval Magazine Interviews Elsa RouyCoeval Magazine, 24 Mar 2021
Artist Elsa Rouy #01 Art Adventures PodcastCustorian, Soundcloud, 5 Mar 2021
Top Ten Shows from the UK and IrelandMimi Chu, Frieze, 12 Feb 2021
Elsa Rouy is the British art scene’s bold new romanticTJ Sidhu, THE FACE, 4 Feb 2021
ON VIEW BY FLASH ART: “It’s 2020 For F*ck Sake” Guts Gallery and Soft Punk / LondonFlash Art , 11 Dec 2020
IT’S 2020 FOR F*CK SAKEART PLUGGED, ART PLUGGED, 30 Sep 2020
INTERVIEW WITH ELSA ROUYSAINT MAISON, 7 Sep 2020
Begin Again is the virtual art exhibition tackling racial inequalityGunseli Yalcinkaya, Dazed , 14 Aug 2020
Scrap that, lets begin againTJ Sidhu, The Face, 13 Aug 2020
Begin Again: The online exhibition challenging austerity and racial oppressionScarlett Baker , Love Magazine, 13 Aug 2020
Ten's to see 'When Shit Hits the Fan', The insta-exhibition by Guts GalleryPaul Toner, 10 Magazine, 2 Apr 2020
The London art you can take a virtual tour of right now for freeLucy Scovell, The Glossary, 29 Mar 2020
When Shit Hits the Fan (In the Artworld)TJ Sidhu, The Face, 27 Mar 2020
Art markets find high-tech ways to reach buyersMelanie Gerlis, Financial Times, 27 Mar 2020
This Instagram-only exhibition is full of London’s best young artistsEddy Frankel, Time Out London, 24 Mar 2020
Guts Gallery present ‘When shit hits the fan’ a digital Instagram exhibitionMark Westall, Fad Magazine, 23 Mar 2020
WHEN SHIT HITS THE FAN AGAINFOR ARTISTS BY ARTISTS, 1 NIGHT ONLY. 4 Feb - 4 Mar 2021Through the invitation extended to established artists into the exhibition. We are hoping to reinstate a balance of power. Allowing established artists to shoulder emerging artists. 50% of sales of works sold by an established artist, will be distributed entirely to all the emerging artists involved. This redistribution of wealth offers a new outlook and model that is fundamentally for artists, by artists, creating an alternative system of support.
PLASTIC DOESN'T SWEATA Debut Solo Show by Elsa Rouy | It's 2020 For F*ck Sake – A Thirteen Artist, Back-to-Back Solo Exhibition Marathon 1 - 5 Oct 2020Elsa Rouy's Debut Solo Show as part of the It's 2020 For F*ck Sake Exhibition Marathon
BEGIN AGAINAs society shifts, the art world shifts. We are on the cusp of change. 13 - 27 Aug 2020This is a time to stop, reflect, create dialogue, and put our words into positive action. To begin again we must shoulder each other, listen to each other, work together and collectively change together. As the newest generation of art collectors, we urge you to collect from this exhibition. The revenue made will support The Free Black University and the newest generation of artists.
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With many thanks to Lotte Andersen for her continuous support throughout this exhibition, and to Pallas Citroen, Director of The Bomb Factory Art Foundation. Who is kindly providing a free gallery space as part of The Guts Prize.
WHEN SHIT HITS THE FANGallery openings have been affected by the spread of coronavirus 26 Mar - 16 Apr 2020Many art-related events, including Guts Gallery's, have either been cancelled or postponed, causing a large economic impact on artists and smaller galleries. We want to challenge this, putting our ethos of supporting underrepresented contemporary voices into action by navigating this set back through a digital Instagram exhibition.
COEVAL MAGAZINE INTERVIEWS ELSA ROUY24 Mar 2021'WITH PAINTINGS THAT ARE QUICK TO TEST THE ANODYNE, ELSA ROUY IS AN ARTIST UNAFRAID TO EXPLORE THE MORE PRURIENT ASPECTS OF OUR BODILY FUNCTIONS...
Artist Elsa Rouy #01 Art Adventures PodcastElsa Rouy on conversation with Custorian. 5 Mar 2021'Art Adventures is a new fortnightly podcast hosted by Custorian. Listen as together we visit exhibitions of artists and their peers. Share in the reactions...
Elsa Rouy's Video Piece Has Just LaunchedCheck out Elsa's first video piece 'Our Little Patch of Paradise'. 2 Mar 2021
Elsa Rouy is the British art scene’s bold new romanticAt 20-years-old, the artist is carving a reputation for her subversive take on sexuality, painting nightmarish scenes of dark fantasies, bodily fluids and the female gaze through a liberating lens. 4 Feb 2021'At first glance, artist Elsa Rouy’s large-scale paintings are naughty, irreverent and every bit erotic, its graphic images hitting the viewer with a giddy sense...