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Surly Baboon

Surly Baboon, 2018 - Francis Upritchard


about this work

This edition is part of School Prints, a series produced by the Hepworth Wakefield, reviving a groundbreaking scheme set up in the 1940s to supply original, high-quality contemporary art to primary schools.

About this edition, Francis Upritchard says: "Monkeys and Baboons are interesting to me because they look and behave a lot like humans, but are not human. The baboon in this print has a facial expression a little bit like my husband’s when he is in a fake bad mood. I guess a Baboon in a bad mood might have a similar expression, so I’m not sure if this is really a portrait of my husband, or of a Baboon." 

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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