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Francis Upritchard

Mandrake

Francis Upritchard, born in New Zealand and now resident in London, makes figurative sculpture that treads a line between realism and fantasy; while in some respects flamboyantly theatrical, it is also keenly observant of human nature. Made from polymer clay, painted, and clad in colourful textiles, the figures are displayed on elaborate bases; they seem, very often, to be taking part in a pageant or masquerade, for their expressions and gestures appear to be orchestrated and conceived in unison.

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Upcoming Exhibitions

The Artist’s Eye
Éireann and I

Acknowledging the crucial role artists play in influencing and shaping other artistic practices, ‘The Artist’s Eye’ series asks those exhibiting in Gallery 1 to invite an artist of influence to present work in Gallery 2. In this instalment, Alice Rekab has invited Éireann and I, an archive of Black life for Black migrants in Ireland. […]

Alice Rekab
Family Lines

The Douglas Hyde is delighted to present a commissioned solo exhibition by artist Alice Rekab. In their work Rekab explores embedded personal and cultural narratives; the stories that we tell and the stories that we are told about ourselves. This work emerges from their own mixed-race Irish identity, their family history, experiences of growing up, […]

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