Perfect Pair for Fox Jensen and Fox Jensen McCrory

International artists Shila Khatami and Mark Francis find representation with local galleries.

Words: Erin Irwin

Fox Jensen, Sydney, and Fox Jensen McCrory, Auckland, are having a big week with two new additions to their stable. While both are abstract artists, the pair take very different approaches to the aesthetic.

Berlin-based artist Shila Khatami’s painting practice is replete with gestural forms and delicate mark-making. Her abstract sensibilities cover large surfaces, often using unconventional mediums or dispensing with a canvas altogether, focusing on purposeful application and authenticity.

Recent accolades for the artist include her selection for the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2022, as well as a grant from the Stiftung Kunstfonds in 2023. Her works are included in several public collections in Switzerland and France, and she has been the subject of solo shows across Europe, including in Britain, Germany and France. Khatami is also set to be included the group show No Illusions at the Hamburg Kunsthalle, Germany, next month.

Irish artist Mark Francis lives and works in London, producing monumental works that look to scientific precepts to interrogate notions of perception. Through painting and sculpture, the artist aims to make visible many of the abstract concepts of physics, chemistry, and biology.

Works by Francis can be found in several preeminent London museums including the Tate, the V&A, the British Museum, as well as in the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, and the Albright Knox and Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. His works are currently on display at Fox Jensen, Sydney, with further shows scheduled for their spaces in both Sydney and Auckland later this year.

This article was posted 20 March 2023.

Image: Andrew Jensen with Mark Francis in his London studio, October 2022. Courtesy: the artist and Fox Jensen, Sydney, and Fox Jensen McCrory, Auckland. 

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