Diamond Dolls, limited edition artist’s portfolio

Hormazd Narielwalla

Size: 17 x 24 cm

Limited edition of 300 

Conceived as a sculptural object, Hormazd Narielwalla’s beautiful signed and numbered portfolio, Diamond Dolls, is based on a running motif of 36 images of David Bowie’s ‘Ziggy Stardust’ persona. Originally made using highly distinctive paper collages, each design is defined by elaborate, decorative costuming. 

Cipher-like, the figures reference the Japanese gender-fluid traditions of kabuki and onnagata, which influenced Bowie in his approach to challenging conventions about sexuality.

Co-Published by Concentric Editions and EMH Arts, London, the portfolio is introduced by John O’Connell, author of Bowie’s Books (Bloomsbury, 2019). O’Connell draws parallels between Bowie’s shape-shifting ability to project different personas through dress and make-up and Narielwalla’s exploration of themes that encompass identity, adornment and transformation. 

Hormazd Narielwalla (born India, 1979) lives and works in London. Since attaining a PhD in Fine Art from the University of the Arts, London (2014), he has gained increasing recognition for a practice that combines collage and drawing. He is particularly regarded for elegant abstract images that re-purpose vintage, antique bespoke tailoring patterns, that act as frameworks through which to express ideas about identity and migration, as well as exploring aesthetic principles of line, form and space.

Narielwalla’s first solo exhibition A Study of Anansi, was held in 2009 by Sir Paul Smith, London and subsequent solo shows include Lost Gardens , South Bank Centre, London (2016) and Rock, Paper, Scissors, Eagle Gallery / EMH Arts, London (2020).  He won the Paupers Press Print Prize at the UK International Print Biennale in 2016 and in 2018 he was commissioned by the Victoria and Albert Museum to make prints to accompany the exhibition Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up. 

His on-going series of artist’s books publications have won awards including Best Limited Edition & Fine Binding prize at the British Book Design Awards and the Fine Art category at the UK Print Week Awards (Paper Dolls, 2018). In 2020 Narielwalla's artist’s book Rock, Paper, Scissors was shortlisted for the prestigious Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize. In 2021 he released Diamond Dolls a series of original collages, lithographs and an artist's book inspired by David Bowie.

Narielwalla’s work is held in numerous international private collections and public collections including the Ben Uri Museum,  British Library, National Art Library and TATE Archive, V&A and Yale Centre of British Art.  He has collaborated on major commissions for Banda Property, Four Seasons Hotel, London; Hyatt Regency, London; and the Vertus Building, Canary Wharf. An extensive permanent collection of his work can be viewed at J.P Hackett, Saville Row.


Hormazd Narielwalla

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