Published 26th June 2019
Canwood Gallery, Herefordshire – 23rd July – 15th September 2019
Open 11am – 4pm Tuesday to Sunday (closed Mondays)
Canwood Gallery are delighted to be hosting an exhibition of the work of Nicole Farhi in their main gallery this summer and an exhibition of invited artists, from Royal Academicians to early career artists, all with a connection to Farhi in the Turbine Hall.
Nicole Farhi first made her name as a fashion designer and is now making a new name for herself this time as a sculptor.
Farhi studied art and fashion in Paris in the late 1960’s. Her career as a fashion designer took off so quickly that she put art aside and concentrated on fashion. However twelve years later, having started her own business and feeling restless, she decided she wanted to return to making art.
A sculptor friend introduced her to Jean Gibson, (1935- 1991) a gifted artist and inspirational teacher. Farhi recalls that Gibson gave her some clay, asked her to make a torso there and then.
Jean said “I’ll only take you if you have something to say – otherwise, it’s a waste of time,” When Nicole had finished, Jean took a good look at it. “I’m taking you on – come back on Wednesday,” she said.
“I went to my car and I burst into tears – I was so emotional,” recalls Nicole. “You see a door opening to another world. I’m emotional just to think about it.”
Farhi went on to attend Gibson’s evening classes twice a week throughout the 1980s. In 1985, as she was casting her first bronze, she met Sir Eduardo Paolozzi (1924–2005). He was interested in her sculpture and offered to tutor and mentor her, and then became a very close friend. He urged her to try out other media such as plaster and wax, but she quickly knew they were not for her. Farhi knew that sculpting was what she wanted to do for the rest of her life but for over 30 years she had to fit her sculpture around fashion.
In 2010 when the Nicole Farhi label was sold, Farhi realised this was her way out. Two years later she showed her last collection and then walked away from fashion . “Now I sculpt every day.”
Farhi’s work and primary interest has always been rooted in the human form and the emotions it elicits. The exhibition in Canwood includes a range of work spanning Farhi’s career as a sculptor from her earthy female torsos that echo the strength and simplicity of Neolithic clay female torsos. They have an ageless quality to them and remind the viewer that clay is the primeval material that comes straight out of the earth, and was the first material man used to make sculpture.
Farhi’s engagement with clay is very visceral and emotional, and she loves to work with it whether she is sculpting hands, busts of famous friends or her most recent work the torsos of voluptuous women, some of which will be on display. “Large women are beautiful – flesh is wonderful!” she exclaims. These Rubenesque women are a world away from the models she used to work with during her previous career. “It’s about the sensuality of the flesh, the beauty that large women have,” she says. “For me, it’s a complete antidote, obviously, to everything I did before, to work on larger bodies. But it’s also very important for me to show that you expect to see beauty in a slim person, when beauty is in everything and everybody.”
All works are for sale.
Herefordshire Open and Young Open Exhibitions 2019
Entry Criteria and Conditions
Supported by h.Art and Apple Store Gallery, Framework Herefordshire* will be organising an exhibition of artworks by local artists from 6th September to 4th October at The Courtyard Arts Centre in Hereford. There will be a Private View on Thursday 5th September, 6 to 8pm.
Invitations to submit will be extended to artists living, working or studying in Herefordshire and entries will be by selection. Each selected artist will be able to show up to three pieces in a maximum wall space of 1.5 metres wide or equivalent for 3D works.
Submissions will be made initially online or by post and we reserve the right to see original work as part of the selection process.
The charge for submission to the Open will be £10 for one item and £20 for two/three.
The charge for the Young Open will be £5 for one item and £10 for two/three.
Work sold during the exhibition will be subject to a 30% commission charge/VAT
Artists submitting for the Young Open must be under 30 years of age at submission and within two years of starting their practice.
Invitations to submit will close on 10th May 2019.
Judging and selection will be held during late May 2019 and the list of exhibitors finalised by the end of June. The judging panel will include Anne de Charmant, Director of Meadow Arts and members of Framework Herefordshire.
Delivery of work and hanging will be on Monday 2nd September. Collection of work will be on Monday 7th October. Submitting artists will need to be available for delivery and collection on the respective dates or make alternative suitable arrangements with Marion Campbell of Apple Store Gallery.
Subject to sponsorship, prizes will be awarded for the ‘best in show’ for the Open and Young Open and a visitor selection. Details will be available shortly.
For further details and submission forms, please contact Marion Campbell on 01432 263937 or email email@example.com
*Framework Herefordshire is a support network for emerging artists in Herefordshire. It aims to help early career artists to acquire skills in curating and organising exhibitions of their own and other artists’ work.
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