Homage to Gabo, limited edition woodcut prints

Hormazd Narielwalla

Size: 83 x 60 cm

Set of six woodcut prints on Somerset paper with hand torn edges presented in a handmade, embossed cloth portfolio box

Limited edition of 15 signed and numbered by the artist

Inspired by the work of Russian avant garde sculptor Naum Gabo, these limited edition woodblock prints by Hormazd Narielwalla are intended as flat constructivist drafts which could be turned into 3D objects – clothes. Exploring the interface between 2D and 3D, these patterns capture the feeling of Gabo's own energy filled woodcut prints, which the artist had encountered at Tate St.Ives.

Narielwalla was amazed by Gabo's use of mundane household items like door knobs and bed posts to create such beautiful prints. Wanting to mirror this sense of transformation, Narielwalla sourced sewing patterns from a tailoring book enlarged their scale. By taking the patterns out of their original context, he has manipulated them in a way that offers multiple readings. They stop being tailor's patterns, and become spatial compositions that play with the relationship between negative and positive. 

Paper size: 82.5 x 60 cm
Portfolio box size: 87 x 63.5 cm
Printed by New North Press

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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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