49,5 × 76 cm
Edition of 40 copies, signed and numbered by the artist
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’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)