Francis Upritchard is a London-based contemporary artist, born in New Zealand in 1976. In 2009 she represented New Zealand at the Venice Biennale. In developing her artistic practice, Upritchard often combines found objects with her own hand-made additions, but she is also known for her sculptures that replicated shrunken heads, resting on display cabinets or mounted on small pedestals, in reference to the tattooed shrunken heads made by New Zealand’s indigenous Māori.

Francis Upritchard
New Plymouth, 1976
New Zealand

Solo Shows


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, U.S.A


Whitechapel Gallery Children’s Art Commission: Francis Upritchard, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK

Francis Upritchard, Kate MacGarry, London, UK

Mandrake, The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland


War Dance, Anton Kern Gallery, NY, U.S.A

Potato Poem, MIMOCA, Kagawa, Japan

Francis Upritchard, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland, New Zeland

A Hand of Cards, Nottingham Contemporary, UK


A Long Wait, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, U.S.A

Echo, Kate MacGarry, London, U.S.A


Echo, Amersfoort Kunsthal, The Netherlands

Methusalem, Ivan Anthony, Auckland, New Zealand

In die Höhle, Secession, Vienna, Italy


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


Rainwob II, Artspace Sydney and Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne, Australia


Rainwob I, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand

Bogagnome, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand


Francis Upritchard, Kate MacGarry, London, UK


Francis Upritchard, Andrea Rosen Gallery, NY, U.S.A


Solo project for Salon 94, NY, U.S.A

Francis Upritchard, The Bakery, Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Doomed, Doomed, All Doomed, Artspace, Auckland, New Zealand

Artist in Residence, Camden Arts Centre, London, UK


Francis Upritchard, Kate MacGarry, London, UK


New Work, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand, UK

Ich Dien, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand, UK


Boxing Arms, Rear View, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, New Zealand

Prince Charles, warehouse space, London

Group Shows


Viva Arte Viva, 57th Venice Biennale, curated by Christine Macel, Venice, Italy


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

HOUSE PARTY with Dzek, Kate MacGarry, London, UK


Selected by…, curated by Michael Mariott and Jesse Wine, Limoncello, London

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, New Zealand,

Lilliput, New York High Line, NY, U.S.A


Bush of Ghosts: Nathan Mabry, Djordie Ozbolt and Francis Upritchard, Cherry and Martin, LA

Everybody knows this is nowhere?, Castillo/Corrales, Paris, France

Contact, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Germany

Day Dream Believers, Institute of Modern Art, Melbourne, Australia

Gesumptkunsthandwerk, with Martino Gamper and Karl Fritsch, Dowse, Wellington, Australia

Contacts & Details

City of birth: New Plymouth Country of birth: New Zealand Date of birth: 1976 Lives in: London