Drawing Biennial 2017

Exhibition & online fundraising auction of over 200 unique works on paper

Exhibition: 2 March – 26 April · Auction: 12 April 10am – 26 April 9pm


Francis Upritchard

Marianne Head

Top Pick

from actor Russell Tovey

Year 2016
Medium Watercolour on paper
Dimensions 29.7 x 21 cm
Bidding Open Wed 12 April, 2017 at 10:00am
Bidding Ended Wed 26 April, 2017 at 9:00pm

Francis Upritchard:

Francis Upritchard (b. 1976, New Plymouth, NZ) lives and works in London, UK. Studied Fine Art, Canterbury University of Fine Arts, NZ (1994-97). Upritchard sculpts small figures that she combines with found objects such as imitation 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. Awards include winning the Walters Prize, Aukland Art Gallery (2006). Residencies include Belem Contemporary Art Flux, Belem, BZ (2004); Camden Arts Centre, UK (2004); Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, NZ (2007-8); and Artspace, Sydney (2008). Select solo exhibitions include Jealous Saboteurs, City Gallery Wellington, NZ (2016); Francis Upritchard: Dark Resters, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland, NZ (2016); Francis Upritchard, Anton Kern Gallery, NY, US (2016); Francis Upritchard, The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, US (2014); Whitechapel Gallery Children’s Art Commission: Francis Upritchard, London, UK (2014); Mandrake, The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, IR (2013); and A Hand of Cards, Nottingham Contemporary, UK (2012). Select group exhibitions include Viva Arte, Viva 57th Venice Biennale, Venice, IT (2017); Ulla von Brandenburg, Haris Epaminonda & Francis Upritchard, Galerie Art Concept, Paris, FR (2016); Dead, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK (2015); HOUSE PARTY with Dzek, Kate MacGarry, London, UK (2014); Freedom Farmers, Auckland City Gallery, NZ (2013); Mad Bad and SadWoman and the Mind Doctors, Freud Museum, London, UK (2013); and Everybody knows this is nowhere?, Castillo/Corrales, Paris, FR (2012). Francis Upritchard is represented by Kate MacGarry, London, UK.