Rupert Norfolk Exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery

Rupert Norfolk


125 carved limestone rocks (One side of each stone is hand carved to be symmetrical to its other naturally formed side)

Dimensions variable

Rupert Norfolk’s works require curiosity and an investment of time to be fully appreciated. His subtle manipulations of materials and objects aren’t often immediately apparent. Wall, for example, is a simple dilapidated dry stone wall, seemingly removed from site and placed in the gallery. On closer inspection, however, this is no ordinary ruin. Its limestone rocks are symmetrical in shape, one side of each rock having been chiselled to mirror the hollows, marks and protrusions naturally formed on its opposite side. Incorporated into a wall, the stones, with their mimetic interventions, introduce a discreet artifice and an uncanny tension.

Rupert Norfolk


Aubusson Tapestry

Dimensions variable

Pixelweave is a colourfully checkered Aubusson tapestry made with traditional techniques and exhibited on the floor with its thick fabric arranged in undulations. It becomes apparent that while some of these folds are real, others are the illusory effects of shifts in tone and distortions in pattern, which have been integrated into its design. Pixelweave is both a rumpled woven fabric and a woven image of the same rumpled fabric, where fictional folds coincide and are at odds with those extending in space.

Rupert Norfolk


Acrylic paint and lacquer on aluminium

229 x 105 x 120 cm

Guillotine is a replica of an industrial machine, transposed into spray-painted aluminium. Its airbrushed surface simulates and exaggerates the shades and reflections caused by its own structure under contrived lighting conditions. Not quite corresponding with the real highlights and shadows, this treatment has a contradictory and disquieting effect, at once compounding the physical presence of this overbearing apparatus and at the same time rendering it with a strangely indeterminate graphic quality.

Rupert Norfolk's Biography

1974 Born in Abergavenny, Wales
Lives and works in London, UK


Chelsea College of Art and Design, BA (Hons) Fine Art


Stella Lohaus, Antwerp

Dicksmith Gallery, London

Solo Presentation at Dicksmith Gallery, VOLTAshow 02, Basel, Switzerland

Dicksmith Gallery, London


May/June, Stella Lohaus, Antwerp
Drawing 2009 - Biennial Fundraiser, The Drawing Room, London

M25 Around London, CCA Andratx, Mallorca
Novel, Anne-Catharina Gebbers Bibliothekswonhning, Berlin
Featuring, Chez Valentin, Paris
The Walls in Three Places, Charlton Art Centre, Dover
Henry Coleman & Rupert Norfolk, Balice Hertling, Paris

Los Vinilos, Buenos Aires
Abstraction: Extracting from the World, curated by David Thorp, Millennium Galleries, Sheffield
Counterfacture: William Daniels, David Musgrave, Rupert Norfolk, Alex Pollard, Luhring Augustine, New York
George Longly, Rupert Norfolk, Galerie Chez Valentin, Paris

Rockridge, The Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh
Between a Rock and a Hard Place – The Stone in Art, Kenny Schachter:Rove, London
Crivelli's Nail, curated by David Risley, Chapter Gallery, Cardiff

Zoo Portfolio 2005, curated by David Thorp, Zoo Art Fair, London
Les Merveilles du Monde, curated by Peter Fillingham, Musee des Beaux Arts de Dunkerque, France
Waste Material, curated by David Musgrave, The Drawing Room, London
Doubtful Works and Copies: Alasdair Gray, Rupert Norfolk, Jane Topping, Transmission, Glasgow

Living Dust, curated by David Musgrave, Norwich Gallery, Norwich School of Art and Design
Tripping Over a Varicoloured Tangle of Wires, The Lowry, Salford Quays
Like Beads on an Abacus Designed to Calculate Infinity, curated by Andrew Hunt,
Rockwell, London

Animations, Kunstwerke, Berlin

Exchange, Richard Salmon, London
No Time Wasters, KIAD, Canterbury

Animations, PS1, New York
Forever Yours, Wooden Heart, London

Light Industrial Magic, Platform, London
Medium-Sized Objects, One in the Other, London
Heart and Soul, Sandroni Rey, Los Angeles

Father Apollinaris Said…, Vilma Gold, London
Heart and Soul, Long Land Studios, London

The Vauxhall Gardens, Norwich Gallery, Norwich School of Art and Design, Norwich
Supernature, Studio A, London

Banana Republic, Bund, Covent Garden, London