Elsa Rouy is the British art scene’s bold new romantic

At 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.

"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 of euphoria. A woman squeezes her tits in one, a cock is given a stroke by a two-headed figure in another. But in these surreal works lies complexities that go way above a superficial hypersexuality: Rouy is challenging female sexual expression and liberation, both from her own experiences and those shared amongst her viewers."

THE FACE Magazine

4 Feb 2021