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Hang-Up Gallery is pleased 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 the artist, commented, “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 artists’ 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. 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.” Fags, Birds and a Couple of Guns is the inaugural exhibition at Hang-Up’s striking new space on the Regent’s Canal, Hoxton. Ben Cotton, Founder of Hang-Up Gallery, comments, “I was lucky enough to be introduced to Nancy’s work around ten years ago and instantly became both a fan and a collector. Her wicked sense of humour shines through in all her pieces and it’s impossible not to be drawn in. It is therefore a real honour for me personally and the Hang-Up Gallery to have the opportunity to show her works in this retrospective.”  

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Nancy Fouts Nancy Fouts

American-born artist Nancy Fouts is well known for her innovative and playful creations which distort and play with reality. In her work the multimedia artist brings together unexpected objects, creatures and symbols with stunning results. Her subversive and witty imagination has inspired works across a broad range of media and themes, producing bizarre juxtapositions of everyday objects, wickedly funny taxidermy sculptures, and even giving Old Master paintings a surreal twist. Nancy Fouts has been creating artworks since she moved to live in London in the 1960s when she graduated from Chelsea School of Art and then attended the Royal College of Art.

Hang-Up Gallery Launch

Hang-Up Gallery Launch

KAWS, Harland Miller, The Connor Brothers, Banksy, Katherine Bernhardt, Nancy Fouts and many more

29 Nov – 29 Jan 2020

Hang-Up Collections Y19.02

Hang-Up Collections Y19.02

Harland Miller, Banksy, Tim Fishlock, Martin Creed, Jeff Koons, Lauren Baker, Bonnie and Clyde, Red Saunders and More!

23 Mar – 19 May 2019

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