Francis Upritchard

New Zealander, b. 1976

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Francis Upritchard

New Zealander, b. 1976

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Francis Upritchard sculpts small figures that she combines with found objects such as fake Wedgwood vases, ceramic lamp bases, and vintage jewelry. Using beautiful custom-made tables crafted by her furniture-designer husband, Martino Gamper, Upritchard creates nostalgia-laden tabletop tableaux that explore asceticism and excess by dwarfing symbolic human characters and archetypes with cast-off detritus from everyday life. Her preoccupation—both philosophical and aesthetic—with reclamation and reuse has grown out of a lifestyle that embraces all forms of scavenging, from thrift shopping to garbage picking. By surrounding her vulnerable sculptures with unexpected objects like faux-Maori sculptures, field hockey sticks and other sporting equipment, funerary urns, shrunken monkey heads made from found fur, and old leather gloves, Upritchard creates alternative histories.

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Represented by industry leading galleries.
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Solo show at a major institution
Hammer Museum, and 2 more
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Group show at a major institution
National Gallery of Victoria, and 1 more
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Tate
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 4 more
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Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 1 more
Biography

Francis Upritchard sculpts small figures that she combines with found objects such as fake Wedgwood vases, ceramic lamp bases, and vintage jewelry. Using beautiful custom-made tables crafted by her furniture-designer husband, Martino Gamper, Upritchard creates nostalgia-laden tabletop tableaux that explore asceticism and excess by dwarfing symbolic human characters and archetypes with cast-off detritus from everyday life. Her preoccupation—both philosophical and aesthetic—with reclamation and reuse has grown out of a lifestyle that embraces all forms of scavenging, from thrift shopping to garbage picking. By surrounding her vulnerable sculptures with unexpected objects like faux-Maori sculptures, field hockey sticks and other sporting equipment, funerary urns, shrunken monkey heads made from found fur, and old leather gloves, Upritchard creates alternative histories.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Hammer Museum, and 2 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
National Gallery of Victoria, and 1 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 4 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 1 more
Articles Featuring Francis Upritchard
With Francis Upritchard and Martino Gamper, Life = Collaboration
Jun 11th, 2013
With Francis Upritchard and Martino Gamper, Life = Collaboration
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