Francis Upritchard is now having Her first solo exhibition held in Japan at the Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art. The artist's book published for the first time in Japan is rich in contents as it includes the installation views of her colourful and playful sculptures made of plasticine along with her drawings and plenty of texts.
Upritchard who was born in New Zealand in 1976 moved to London in 1998.
She opened a gallery space in a large squat in East London which was legal back then, and had close relationships with many of artists.
After that, she gradually laid the foundation as an artist having various solo and group shows, and was selected to represent New Zealand at the Venice Biennale in 2008. She is now an internationally prominent artist who has been the subject of extensive media.
The book includes a critical text by the Turner Prize winning-artist Simon Starling, who esteems her works highly, as well as David Mitchell whose work "Cloud Atlas" is still fresh in our emory as it was made into a movie recently.
The distinctive book design is done by Abake based in London, who is also popular in Japan.
The artist shows us various cultures and values with new interpretations through her personal methods.
Born 1976 in New Plymouth, New Zealand.
After finishing Canterbury University of Fine Arts in 1998, moved to London where she lives and works.
"MIMOCA'S EYE vol.3 Francis Upritchard: POTATO POEM" at The Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art is her first solo exhibition in Japan.