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Nicole Farhi to exhibit debut sculpture series at Bowman Sculpture

Exhibition preview

NICOLE Farhi will present her first series of sculptures, From the Neck Up, at London’s Bowman Sculpture from September 16 to October 3, 2014.

Farhi was tutored and mentored by Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, one of the most important and inventive British sculptors of the twentieth century. In this exhibition, Farhi has created an idiosyncratic series comprising twelve busts of famous names from the worlds of art, fashion, stage and screen.

Works in the show include busts of actors Dame Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Helena Bonham Carter; playwright Tom Stoppard; Anna Wintour, editor of Vogue; and artists Lucien Freud, Francis Bacon and Eduardo Paolozzi. These representational works will be shown alongside a series of more abstract sculptures.

Farhi has been sculpting for almost 30 years, throughout her career as a fashion designer, and full-time for the past three years. This exhibition at Bowman Sculpture marks her first ever in a gallery space.

Nicole Farhi says: “The human face has always greatly interested me. I have a rather good memory for faces, even if in life I have seen them only once or twice as in the case of Freud and Bacon. Most of the time producing a portrait requires a rapport between the artist and the sitter. The true character of the person will come through these repeated sessions.

“Usually my sitters will come to the studio to be photographed or I will go to them. I will then start building an armature and after a few hours sculpting in clay the structure of the face will appear or not… Once I have the structure the true character will follow – sometimes days later, weeks, sometimes months.”

Bowman Sculpture is the foremost gallery in the world for sculpture by Auguste Rodin. The gallery starts its sculptural journey with European Romantic sculpture of the 19th century, dealing in the masters of this period such as Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, Albert- Ernest Carrier-Belleuse and Aimé-Jules Dalou through to the Impressionist, Modern and Cubist sculpture of Edgar Degas, Henri Laurens and Ossip Zadkine. They specialise in the work of the English New School sculptors including Alfred Gilbert, Lord Frederic Leighton and Alfred Drury.

Bowman Sculpture also exhibits the best of 20th century sculpture, particularly Modern British, including Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Elizabeth Frink, Kenneth Armitage and Eduardo Paolozzi. In addition, the gallery represent contemporary artists including Helaine Blumenfeld OBE, Hanneke Beaumont, Johannes von Stumm PRBS and Yves Dana.

Opening Times: Monday to Friday, 10am to 6pm. Saturday by appointment only. Closed Sundays and public bank-holidays.

Bowman Sculpture, 6 Duke Street, St James’s, London, SW1Y 6BN