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’s work draws on figurative sculpture, craft traditions and design, blending references from literature to Japanese folklore, Indian miniatures to Romanesque frescoes, and ancient sculptures and burial grounds to science fiction. Her installations showcase a wide variety of materials; her distinctive figurative sculptures are made using polymer plastic, amorphous mythological figures in balata – a Brazilian rubber, bronze dinosaurs, glass vessels, ceramic urns and felt hats adorned with beads, badges and plastic decorations.

(courtesy of Anton Kern)




Francis Upritchard
Francis Upritchard (Courtesy of the artist)

Francis Upritchard has had numerous solo exhibitions, including shows at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin; and Barbican Centre, London. 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

works by Francis Upritchard

Francis Upritchard - Purple Pointer, 2020

Francis Upritchard

Purple Pointer

Francis Upritchard - Surly Baboon - 2018

Francis Upritchard

Surly Baboon

Francis Upritchard - A Beat - 2013

Francis Upritchard

A Beat


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