Rhys Coren (b. 1983 in Plymouth, UK) uses painted marquetry to introduce a playfully symbolic world whose abstract embellishments have, in the past, manifested themselves across a vast array of media. He received his BA from the University West of England, Bristol, and graduated this past year with a post-graduate degree from the Royal Academy, London. Coren currently lives and works in London.
Featuring curling lines and polymorphic forms fused together in a euphoric expression of brilliant colour, his stylistic and methodological flexibility forms the cornerstones of his artistic practice. Today, his concentration on painted marquetry reveals one facet of his multifarious practice. Inspired by the Postmodernist design inherent to the popular culture of the 1980s and 1990s, much of Rhys Coren's work draws upon music, experimental and abstract film, cartoons, poetry, storytelling, and design. All of the shapes and patterns employed in his compositions are 'images of pleasure, fuelled by pleasure'; abstract appropriations from the visual language associated with the subcultures and icons inherent to his formative years (1980s-90s).
The idea that many of the symbols and colourful formations, twirling about in his visual creations, stem from his childhood stimuli evokes a level of nostalgia. Whether geometric or mathematical, his spinning configurations are not simply superficial manifestations of polymorphic experimentation, but, rather, subtly sentimental allusions to his adolescent atmosphere. Candied colours and scribbled forms intertwine enigmatically: his works astutely incite an emotional reverie; a neon recollection of carefree childhood days gone by.