Francis Upritchard

Selected works by Francis Upritchard

Francis Upritchard
Save Yourself


Mixed media

44 x 127 x 37 cm

Francis Upritchard’s Save Yourself plays on all the worst b-movie gags – unearthed beneath the gallery is an ‘ancient’ tomb devised by a Pharaoh with a very Ed Wood sense of humour. Her mummy-on-the-cheap (a mass of rags, with a knowing glass eye), unearthed with all his burial treasures – a bar of gold (pack of fags), and earthly treasures (kitschy teapots), comes replete with his own curse: vibrating spasmodically, he might actually be frightening if his electric cord wasn’t in plain view.

Francis Upritchard
The Misanthrope


Modelling material, foil, wire, acrylic paint, silk, wood, polyester padding, nylon, costume jewellery, found table

Figure:59 x 25 x 30 cm, table: 80 x 80 x 53 cm
Francis Upritchard


modelling material, fake fur, kid gloves, gold and silver rings, wood and glass cabinet

91 x 178 x 58 cm

Francis Upritchard’s Sloth looks like something gathering dust in the dark and creepy archives of the Natural History Museum. On closer inspection, it perhaps might have been hidden away for very good reason. Bejewelled, with all-too human hands, this seemingly long-dead relic is unlike anything in the known animal kingdom. Upritchard’s tampering with history again: she’s made a plausible missing link, a falsified curios, playing on horror-movie expectations of a collective consciousness.

Francis Upritchard
Travellers Collection


Mixed media

91 x 153 x 61 cm

Francis Upritchard is a doctor of contemporary voodoo. Borrowing her aesthetic from the kinds of weird and wonderful mementos treasured in archives like the Pitt River Museum and the Wellcome Collection, Upritchard forges a dark and twisted history of her own. Haunting and perverse, The Travellers Collection is a curio cabinet: it’s shelves house the untold magic of grotesque clay pots, ’shrunken’ animal heads (snarling real teeth!), bizarre instruments which seem to be carved (from possibly human!) bones.

A make-shift funerary chamber for her little mummy (with an all-seeing real glass eye), containing all the treasures he will need to accompany him to the afterlife. Upritchard’s is an art of falsifying information. Appropriating readymade artefacts, hexing the viewer’s imagination to wilfully reinterpret: a car boot sale cookie jar as a mysterious ancient urn, tacky tourist shop paraphernalia as prize trophies from a long lost empire. Upritchard’s a magpie Indiana Jones: inventing creepies and curses from stuff that probably exists in your attic.

Francis Upritchard's Biography

Francis Upritchard
Born in 1976, New Zealand
Lives and works in London, UK


Wetwang Slack, The Curve, Barbican Centre, UK

Jealous Saboteurs, Touring exhibition: Christchurch Art Gallery, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, New Zealand

Solo presentation at Frieze Art Fair, London, Kate MacGarry
Jealous Saboteurs, City Gallery Wellington, New Zealand
Francis Upritchard: Dark Resters, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
Jealous Saboteurs, Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA), Melbourne, Australia
Francis Upritchard, Anton Kern Gallery, NY, U.S.A

Francis Upritchard, The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
Whitechapel Gallery Children’s Art Commission: Francis Upritchard, Whitechapel Gallery, London
Francis Upritchard, Kate MacGarry, London

Mandrake, The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin
War Dance, Anton Kern Gallery, New York
Potato Poem, MIMOCA, Kagawa, Japan
Francis Upritchard, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland

A Hand of Cards, Nottingham Contemporary
Francis Upritchard, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati

Francis Upritchard, Kate MacGarry
Echo, Amersfoort Kunsthal, The Neatherlands
Methusalem, Ivan Anthony, Aukland

In Die Höhle, Secession, Vienna

Save Yourself, 53rd Venice Biennale - New Zealand national representation

Rainwob II, Artspace Sydney and Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne
Rainwob I, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand

Bogagnome, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

Francis Upritchard, Kate MacGarry, London

Francis Upritchard, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York
Solo project for Salon 94, New York
Francis Upritchard, The Bakery, Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam,
Doomed, Doomed, All Doomed, Artspace, Auckland, New Zealand

Artist in Residence, Camden Arts Centre, London

Francis Upritchard, Kate MacGarry, London
New Work, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

Ich Dien, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
Untitled (Boxing arms), Rear View, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, New Zealand

Prince Charles, Antichrist, warehouse space, London


The Public Body, Art Space, Sydney, Australia

Viva Arte Viva, 57th Venice Biennale, curated by Christine Macel, Venice, Italy
Fifteen, Kate MacGarry, London, UK
pǝr-‘sō-nae, Klemm’s Gallery, Berlin, Germany

Ulla von Brandenburg, Haris Epaminonda & Francis Upritchard, Galerie Art Concept, Paris, France

Dead, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
STATION TO STATION: A 30 Day Happening, Barbican Centre, London, UK

Curated By Michael Marriott and Jesse Wine, at Limoncello, London
HOUSE PARTY with Dzek, Kate MacGarry, London, UK

The Upritchard Family Collection, Small collections, Nottingham Contemporary, UK
Freedom Farmers, Auckland City Gallery, New Zealand
Mad Bad and Sad, Woman and the Mind Doctors, Freud Museum, London UK
Beasts of England, Beasts of Ireland, Visual: Center for Contemporary Art, Carlow, Ireland
O Chair O Flesh, Treignac Projet, Treignac, France
Stereoscope, Christchurch City Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, Christchurch

Lilliput,New York High Line, New York

H x W x D, Wentrup, Berlin
Stealing The Senses, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand

Simon Starling: Never The Same River (Possible Futures, Probable Pasts), Camden Arts Centre, London
Out of Joint, Galerie Kamm, Berlin
Bart Wells Boutique, 235 Brompton Road (co-organised with Luke Gottelier)
Ashes to Ashes, AMP, Athens, Greece
The Library of Babel/ In and Out of Place, 176 Project Space/Zabludowicz Collection, London

Feierabend: Francis Upritchard, Martino Gamper, Karl Fritsch, Kate MacGarry

Free Radicals, Artnews Projects Berlin
Life is a Funny Old Dog, Tanja Pol Galerie, Munich
The Big Chill Festival, Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire
Dadadandy Boutique, Artprojx Space, London
The Institute of Psychoplasmics, Pump House Gallery, London
Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art, Barbican Art Gallery, London

The Crown Jewels, Salon 94 Freemans, New York
Of Deities and Mortals, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, Christchurch, New Zealand
An Archaeology, 176 -Zabludovicz Collection, London
Reboot, The Jim and Mary Barr Collection, Christchurch Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu and City Gallery Wellington Re/ Trato, Travelling Gallery, Scotland
Metrosideros Robusta, Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim, Germany
Tiere II, Overbeckgesellschaft Lübeck, Germany
Effigies, Stuart Shave/ Modern Art

Six Feet Under – Autopsy of Our Relation to the Dead, Kunstmuseum Bern
Le Nouveau Siécle, Museum Van Loon, Amsterdam
The Walters Prize 2006, Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand
Around The World In Eighty Days, South London Gallery
Pasifika Styles – Artists inside the museum, University of Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
HIGH TIDE: new currents in art from Australia and New Zealand, Zaçheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw & CAC - Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania

Hot Spots 05, The Essl Collection, Vienna
Brutal Ornamental, Galerie Kosak Hall, Vienna
Schmuck, with Karl Fritsch, Luitpold Lounge, Munich
The Way We Work Now, Camden Arts Centre, London

The Secret History of Clay, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool
The Death of Romance, London
Ika and thanks for all the Ika, Artspace, Auckland, New Zealand
Albino, (with Rohan Whellans), Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
The Bart Wells Institute of London, Hamish McKay Gallery, New Zealand
New Blood, The Saatchi Gallery, London
Prospect, Wellington City Art Gallery & Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand

Becks Futures, ICA London, Southampton City Art Gallery, & CCA Glasgow
Curiosity Kills the Gab, Artspace, Auckland
Peter Blake Sculpture, The London Institute, London
Lost Collection, Laing Gallery, Newcastle
Picture Room curated by Goshka Macuga, Gasworks, London
Rollout, curated by Ricky Swallow, Karen Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles
Bart Wells Institute, Kapinos Gallery, Berlin, Germany

+64, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
Another Shitty Day in Paradise, Bart Wells Institute, London
Break, Govett-Brewster, New Plymouth, New Zealand
The Only Way Forward, Neon Gallery, London

The Bart Wells Gang, Bart Wells Institute, London
Group show, Neon Gallery, London
Enough Or Too Much, Shop Tactics Gallery, London
Teeth & Trousers, Cell Project Space, London

Outcome of Probability: Francis Upritchard and Saskia Leek, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
Stuffed, Stuff Gallery, London

Hobby Core, Stripp Gallery, curated by Ricky Swallow, Melbourne, Australia

Group show, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

Bland, George Fraser Gallery Auckland, New Zealand
An Attic and Two Rooms, Deans’ House, Historic Trust, Christchurch, New Zealand
Rutherford was a Teenage Sculptor, Science Alive, Christchurch, New Zealand
Accidents, Hungry Eyes Series, Fiat Lux Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

Identikit Series, High Street Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand