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.

Exhibition view: Francis Upritchard, Surf 'n' Turf, Kate MacGarry, London (12 May–11 June 2022). Courtesy the artist and Kate MacGarry, London. Photo: Angus Mill.

Francis Upritchard Featured Artworks

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The Mother and Children by Francis Upritchard contemporary artwork sculpture
Francis Upritchard The Mother and Children, 2021 Balata rubber
42 x 56 x 27 cm
Kate MacGarry Contact Gallery
People Piles by Francis Upritchard contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Francis Upritchard People Piles, 2021 Watercolour on paper
29.5 x 41.5 cm
Kate MacGarry Contact Gallery
Cloud Pruning ii by Francis Upritchard contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Francis Upritchard Cloud Pruning ii, 2020 Watercolour on paper
37.5 x 27.5 cm
Jonathan Smart Gallery Contact Gallery
Cloud Pruning i by Francis Upritchard contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Francis Upritchard Cloud Pruning i, 2020 Watercolour on paper
37.5 x 27.5 cm
Jonathan Smart Gallery Contact Gallery
20/20 by Francis Upritchard contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Francis Upritchard 20/20, 2020 Watercolour on paper
17 x 12 cm
Jonathan Smart Gallery Contact Gallery
Laughing Shadow by Francis Upritchard contemporary artwork painting
Francis Upritchard Laughing Shadow, 2016 Acrylic on card
29 x 21.3 cm
Hamish McKay Enquire
Benjamin and Marie's Neighbour by Francis Upritchard contemporary artwork works on paper
Francis Upritchard Benjamin and Marie's Neighbour, 2016 Watercolour on paper
35 x 51.5 cm
Hamish McKay Enquire
Double Double Frame by Francis Upritchard contemporary artwork works on paper
Francis Upritchard Double Double Frame, 2016 Watercolour on paper
21 x 48 cm
Hamish McKay Enquire

Francis Upritchard Current & Recent Exhibitions

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