We are beyond pleased to present Fags, Birds and a Couple of Guns, a retrospective dedicated to the extraordinary work of Nancy Fouts. This incredible show has been in the works for a long time and we are excited to finally be able to share details on what's to come.
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 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.
Working closely with the artist's Estate, the 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.
Fags, Birds and a Couple of Guns will be the inaugural exhibition in our striking new space on the Regent’s Canal, Hoxton.
A Little More About Nancy Fouts...
American-born artist Nancy Fouts (1945-2019) graduated from Chelsea School of Art in the 60s, then attended the Royal College of Art, whilst painting shop fronts in Carnaby Street, for the likes of Lord Kitchener’s Valet. In 1968 she co-founded the pioneering design and model making company Shirt Sleeve Studio, and won the Designers and Art Directors Associations Gold Award for Most Outstanding Artwork in 1973. She created seminal ad campaigns for Silk Cut, British Airways, and Virgin, and designed album covers for bands including Manfred Mann, and Steeleye Span. The record sleeve for Steeleye Span ‘Commoners Crown’, won the 1976 award for Best Designed British Album Sleeve. She directed an artist run gallery in London which opened in 1989 and went on to exhibit in London, Venice, Denmark and Brussels. You can find out more about the extraordinary artist by reading our interview with Nancy Fouts.
Fags, Birds and a Couple of Guns will be on at Hang-Up Gallery from the 28th of February until the 24th of April. A Private View and drinks reception will be held on Thursday 27th February from 6 - 9 pm. Please note RSVP will be essential for the event. If you have any questions regarding the show please don't hesitate to get in touch through email@example.com. Trust us this will be a show you won't forget.