Fags, Birds and a Couple of Guns, a retrospective dedicated to the extraordinary work of Nancy Fouts
Hang-Up Gallery is to present Fags, Birds and a Couple of Guns, a retrospective dedicated to the extraordinary work of Nancy Fouts.
American-born artist Nancy Fouts, who passed away in April 2019, is best known for her distinctive sculptural works, which reconfigure commonplace objects and materials with a subversive and playful humour. Nancy’s work brings together these seemingly disconnected items, religious artefacts, creatures and symbols to create bizarre juxtapositions of the everyday, wickedly funny taxidermy sculptures, and even giving Old Master paintings a surreal twist.
The artist described her approach to gleaning ideas as “beachcombing”, rediscovering the familiar with a perspective that she likened to childhood naivety. Admired for her boundless enthusiasm and passion for disrupting the everyday, the ‘modern-day surrealist’ is genuinely much loved and respected by artists, curators and collectors alike for her wild imagination, wit and generosity of spirit.
Nancy’s admirers include Banksy, Gavin Turk and Sir Peter Blake. Curator James Putnam, who
worked closely with her comments,
“Her deliciously infectious smile and dry wit made her a
magnet for artists and curators of all ages, coupled with her talent for throwing unforgettable
parties at her art-filled Camden house.”
Working closely with the artist’s estate, the Hang-Up retrospective will feature work spanning several decades, including some of her best loved sculptures and framed works alongside unseen pieces from her converted vicarage home and studio space in Camden.
Nancy Fouts Duckling in glass dome
Cathryn Wright, Executor of Nancy’s estate comments,
“Nancy’s retrospective ‘Fags, Birds and a Couple of Guns’ brings together a fabulous collection of her artworks from past to present to make what is sure to be a suitably weird and eclectic exhibition. This will be the first major show of her works since her death last year and we are delighted to be working with Hang-Up Gallery for what will certainly be a fitting tribute to an extraordinary woman.”
Nancy Fouts m16 Bones
Fags, Birds and a Couple of Guns is the inaugural exhibition at Hang-Up’s beautiful new 2000sq ft gallery space on the Regent’s Canal in Hoxton. Fags, Birds and a couple of guns A retrospective of the weird and wonderful Nancy Fouts Private View: Thursday 27th February 6-9pm Exhibition continues until 24th April