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b. 1976, New Zealand

Francis Upritchard Biography

In 1998, a year after Francis Upritchard (b. 1976) graduated from the Canterbury School of Fine Arts in Christchurch, New Zealand, she re-located to London. Within two or three years of arriving she had become known for unusual sculpture made from modelling putty or fur, ambiguous works that exploited the conventions of museological display and the visual characteristics of tribal artifacts or taxidermied animals. Mixing satire, humour and poignancy, often with the use of scraps of oddly shaped materials that she found, Upritchard ascended quickly, reaching the Becks Futures shortlist in 2003 and winning the Walters Prize in New Zealand three years later.

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When Upritchard exhibited in the Venice Biennale in 2009 (representing New Zealand jointly with Judy Millar) her new work attained a more pronounced lyricism. Presented on beautiful inlaid tables - not plinths - there was a consistent emphasis in expressive body gesture, combined with greater theatricality and more vibrant colour.

Upritchard has works in many New Zealand, British and international collections.

Francis Upritchard Featured Artworks

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Cloud Pruning ii by Francis Upritchard contemporary artwork
Francis UpritchardCloud Pruning ii, 2020Watercolour on paper
37.5 x 27.5 cm
Jonathan Smart Gallery Contact Gallery
Cloud Pruning i by Francis Upritchard contemporary artwork
Francis UpritchardCloud Pruning i, 2020Watercolour on paper
37.5 x 27.5 cm
Jonathan Smart Gallery Contact Gallery
20/20 by Francis Upritchard contemporary artwork
Francis Upritchard20/20, 2020Watercolour on paper
17 x 12 cm
Jonathan Smart Gallery Contact Gallery
Pruitt Igoe by Francis Upritchard contemporary artwork
Francis UpritchardPruitt Igoe, 2018Steel and foil armature, paint, hair, modelling material, fabric, plastic glasses
88 x 35 x 50 cm
Kate MacGarry Contact Gallery
Hand of Japan by Francis Upritchard contemporary artwork
Francis UpritchardHand of Japan, 2018Fabric, thermo plastic, wood, lino, embroideries, glass beads
61 x 35 x 20 cm
Kate MacGarry Contact Gallery
Laughing Shadow by Francis Upritchard contemporary artwork
Francis UpritchardLaughing Shadow, 2016Acrylic on card
29 x 21.3 cm
Hamish McKay Enquire
Benjamin and Marie's Neighbour by Francis Upritchard contemporary artwork
Francis UpritchardBenjamin and Marie's Neighbour, 2016Watercolour on paper
35 x 51.5 cm
Hamish McKay Enquire
Double Double Frame by Francis Upritchard contemporary artwork
Francis UpritchardDouble Double Frame, 2016Watercolour on paper
21 x 48 cm
Hamish McKay Enquire

Francis Upritchard Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Brenda Nightingale, Nathan Pohio, Francis Upritchard, 20/20 Rocks at Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
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4 February–7 March 2020 Brenda Nightingale, Nathan Pohio, Francis Upritchard 20/20 Rocks Jonathan Smart Gallery, ChristchurchChristchurch
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, CONDO at Kate MacGarry, London
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12 January–9 February 2019 Group Exhibition CONDO Kate MacGarry, LondonLondon
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Fifteen at Kate MacGarry, London
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11 November–16 December 2017 Group Exhibition Fifteen Kate MacGarry, LondonLondon

Francis Upritchard Represented By

Kate MacGarry contemporary art gallery in London, United Kingdom Kate MacGarry London

Francis Upritchard In Ocula Magazine

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Auckland Art Fair 2019: Conversations Extended Ocula Report Auckland Art Fair 2019: Conversations Extended By Sherry Paik, Auckland

The weather was clement for the annual Auckland Art Fair (2–5 May 2019), which was again at The Cloud on Queens Wharf. This year's edition was a get-together of 41 galleries, mostly from around Auckland and across New Zealand, with 5 spaces hailing from Sydney and the rest from Cook Islands (Bergman Gallery), Hobart (Michael Bugelli Gallery)...

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Auckland Art Shows to See: The Lowdown Ocula Report Auckland Art Shows to See: The Lowdown By Sherry Paik, Auckland

This year, the month of May kicks off with the annual Auckland Art Fair (2–5 May 2019) at The Cloud on Queens Wharf, where over 40 leading galleries from the Pacific Rim will exhibit. A carefully curated selection of talks and exhibitions will accompany the fair, including the 2019 Projects Programme organised by Francis McWhannell titled...

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Francis Upritchard Ocula Conversation Francis Upritchard By Rachael Vance, Melbourne

I can see quite clearly now that my concerns are walking around in circles, even when the look of things are developing.

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'Freedom Farmers' At The Auckland Art Gallery Ocula Report 'Freedom Farmers' At The Auckland Art Gallery By Kate Brettkelly-Chalmers, Auckland

Occupying the lion’s share of exhibition space at the Auckland Art Gallery, Freedom Farmers is said to be the museum’s largest survey of contemporary art in the last twenty-five years. Curated by the gallery’s own Natasha Conland, the exhibition looks at how the utopian energy of the 1970s is being artistically deployed in...

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Francis Upritchard In Related Press

Frieze's Abby Bangser on the 2016 edition of the London fairs Related Press Frieze's Abby Bangser on the 2016 edition of the London fairs 6 October 2016, Whitewall

Joining Frieze in January 2015 as the Artistic Director for the Americas and Asia, Abby Bangser has brought over 10 years of experience in the art industry (at institutions like the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in California) to assist in the global success of the fairs, particularly with...

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Home and work: Martino Gamper and Francis Upritchard Related Press Home and work: Martino Gamper and Francis Upritchard 25 February 2016, T Magazine

It takes a very specific perspective to appreciate the beauty of linoleum — especially in shades of pea green and dishwater brown. Where most would see cheap industrial material, Martino Gamper envisions endless possibilities. ‘‘I never feel limited by materials, techniques or color in my practice,’’ says the Italian...

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Other Elsewheres: New Zealand at the Venice Biennale Related Press Other Elsewheres: New Zealand at the Venice Biennale 12 June 2015, The Pantograph Punch

New Zealand's official platform at the Venice Biennale began in 2001, and our formal representation was arguably already overdue at this point. There had been anomalous instances of New Zealanders exhibiting at the Biennale: Frances Hodgkins (she was meant to be in a group show representing Britain, though this was never realised because of World...

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