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A Beat

A Beat, 2013 - Francis Upritchard

A Beat, 2013

Francis Upritchard

Print, Mixed Media
28 x 42 cm / 11.02 x 16.54 inch
Edition of 50 copies, signed and numbered by the artist.
€425

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  • Medium: Digital pigment print with silkscreen and emboss.
  • This work is unframed.
  • Ships in 5 to 10 business days from United Kingdom.

about this work

Looking strikingly like hippies from the late 1960s and evocative of medieval jesters and holy fools, Francis Upritchard's figures are both archetypal and beautifully decorative. Upritchard associates hippies with failure that everything embraced and envisioned by the 1960s counterculture either ended unhappily or didn't materialise. Nonetheless, her apparent rejection of these ideals, as expressed in the disenchantment of her sculpted figures, is itself significant, for Upritchard's discomfort with the aspirations of the counterculture may also disguise a deeper longing for their achievement.

To accompany the ICA Off-Site group exhibition A Journey Through London Subculture: 1980s to Now, Francis Upritchard has created the edition A Beat (2013).

about Francis Upritchard

°1976, New Plymouth (NZ) – lives and works in London (UK)

Known primarily for her figurative sculpture, Francis Upritchard's work is keenly observant of human nature, and treads the line between realism and fantasy. Her figures, a group of misfits and travelling players, appear to taking part in a pageant or masquerade - their expressions melancholic and distant, seemingly questing for something beyond reach.

Francis Upritchard has had numerous solo exhibitions, including shows at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Whitechapel Gallery, London; and The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin. Her work has been shown in several group exhibitions at venues such as Hayward Gallery, London; Kunstmuseum Bern; and Tate Liverpool. Upritchard also represented New Zealand at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009 together with Judy Millar.

Francis Upritchard is represented by the following galleries;
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Kate MacGarry, London

Anton Kern Gallery, New York

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