Francis Upritchard

Derek

2007
earthenware, modelling clay and rope
490mm x 320mm x 250mm

Provenance

Acquired from Ivan Anthony, Auckland, 2007.

Exhibitions

Bogagnome, Ivan Anthony, Auckland, 2007.

Essay

Born in 1976 in New Plymouth, Francis Upritchard studied at Ilam, the Canterbury University of Fine Arts in Christchurch, graduating in 1997. Although she currently lives and wo...

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Estimate $9,000 - $14,000

Francis Upritchard

Derek

2007

earthenware, modelling clay and rope

490mm x 320mm x 250mm

Auction N˚3

Estimate $9,000 - $14,000

Footnotes

 

1    Warren Feeney, ‘Francis Upritchard discusses Dark Resters’, Stuff: The Press, http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/christchurch-life/art-and-stage/visual-art/78714481/francis-upritchard-discusses-dark-resters (accessed 27 June 2016).

2    Anne Ellegood, ‘Francis Upritchard’s Figurative Sculptures’, Hammer Projects, https://hammer.ucla.edu/blog/2015/02/francis-upritchards-figurative-sculptures/ (accessed 27 June 2016).

Cabinet of Curiosities

by George Watson

Born in 1976 in New Plymouth, Francis Upritchard studied at Ilam, the Canterbury University of Fine Arts in Christchurch, graduating in 1997. Although she currently lives and works in London (where she reportedly owns a worm farm), Upritchard cites the art scene of the late 1990s in New Zealand, and the artists she worked and collaborated with during this time, as highly significant for her practice and her growth as an artist.¹ Upritchard has shown both nationally and internationally, and in 2009 she was selected to exhibit on behalf of New Zealand in the 53rd Venice Bienniale. Upritchard has produced solo shows for a number of public art institutions, dealer galleries and museums, including Whitechapel and Kate MacGarry in London, Anton Kern Gallery in New York and is represented by Ivan Anthony in Auckland.

Upritchard’s practice utilises an eclectic range of sculptural traditions, drawing on her research into the fields of ceramics, textiles, glass blowing, modeling and casting. Bringing these disparate realms together into highly stylised exhibitions, Upritchard’s work craftily encompasses the disciplines of homeware production, interior design, furniture design, applied arts, contemporary sculpture and installation practice.

Upritchard’s interdisciplinary bent is emphasised by her collaborations with other practitioners, in particular with her Italian husband Martino Gamper, who is a furniture and interior designer. Upritchard has also worked with many other artists and makers. For example, in the exhibition Gesamtkunsthandwer (meaning ”a total artwork” in German), produced as part of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery’s 2011 international group exhibition Stealing the Senses, Upritchard, Gamper and the jeweler Karl Fritsch worked with a large group of New Zealand artists, mostly from New Plymouth, to produce a sprawling installation. These artists included the weaver Lynne Mackay, potter Nicholas Brandon, bronze-caster Jonathan Campbell, felter Pam Robinson, glass blower Jochen Holz and woodturners Jan Komarkowski and Peter Waleto.