Francis Upritchard

Two Pebbles

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Year 2020
Medium Watercolour on paper
Dimensions 29.6 x 21.1 cm

About the work

I’m interested in stones at the moment, and pebbles splashing into water. A friend made me new homemade paints – this watercolour uses the colours she gave me, and a new fan brush.

About the artist:

Born 1976 New Plymouth, Francis Upritchard lives and works in London. Graduated from Canterbury University of Fine Arts (1997).

Upritchard is a sculptor but drawing is a big part of her practice. It’s a place to note down ideas and experiment without the hassles of gravity, costly materials and time-consuming 3D processes. For her this often evolves into playing with colour and texture on the paper, without a care for its connection to sculptural form.

Selected solo exhibitions include Big Fish Eat Little Fish, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle (2020); Wetwang Slack, Barbican Curve, London (2018); Jealous Saboteurs, City Gallery Wellington and Muma, Melbourne (2016); Francis Upritchard, Anton Kern Gallery, New York (2016); Francis Upritchard, The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2014); Whitechapel Gallery Children’s Art Commission: Francis Upritchard, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2014); Mandrake, The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2013); and A Hand of Cards, Nottingham Contemporary (2012). Selected group exhibitions include The Public Body, Art Space, Sydney (2018); Viva Arte, Viva 57th Venice Biennale (2017); Ulla von Brandenburg, Haris Epaminonda & Francis Upritchard, Galerie Art Concept, Paris (2016); Dead, Saatchi Gallery, London (2015); HOUSE PARTY with Dzek, Kate MacGarry, London (2014); Freedom Farmers, Auckland City Gallery (2013); Mad Bad and SadWoman and the Mind Doctors, Freud Museum, London (2013); and Everybody knows this is nowhere?, Castillo/Corrales, Paris (2012); and Save Yourself, New Zealand representation at Venice Biennale (2009).

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