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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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Big Crab and Monkey Moon Brown Urn by Francis Upritchard contemporary artwork sculpture
Francis UpritchardBig Crab and Monkey Moon Brown Urn, 2020 & 2016'Big Crab': bronze. 'Monkey Moon Brown Urn': ceramic.
Kate MacGarry Contact Gallery
Cloud Pruning ii by Francis Upritchard contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
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 painting, works on paper
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 painting, works on paper
Francis Upritchard20/20, 2020Watercolour on paper
17 x 12 cm
Jonathan Smart Gallery Contact Gallery
Pruitt Igoe by Francis Upritchard contemporary artwork sculpture
Francis UpritchardPruitt Igoe, 2018Steel and foil armature, paint, hair, modelling material, fabric, plastic glasses
88 x 35 x 50 cm
Kate MacGarry Contact Gallery
Laughing Shadow by Francis Upritchard contemporary artwork painting
Francis UpritchardLaughing Shadow, 2016Acrylic on card
29 x 21.3 cm
Hamish McKay Enquire
Benjamin and Marie's Neighbour by Francis Upritchard contemporary artwork works on paper
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 works on paper
Francis UpritchardDouble Double Frame, 2016Watercolour on paper
21 x 48 cm
Hamish McKay Enquire

Francis Upritchard Recent Exhibitions

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