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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

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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