God Save the Queen
Relief letterpress on Savile Row tailoring patterns
2016
102cm x 144cm

Hormazd Narielwalla

Hormazd Narielwalla (b. 1979 Mumbai, India) studied BA Fashion Design at University of Wales, Newport (2003-2006); MA Fashion and Enterprise at University of Westminster (2006–2007) and Ph.D Fine Art at University of Arts, London (2009–2013). Selected group exhibitions include: COLLECT 13, Saatchi Gallery, London (2013); Drawing and the Body, KG52 Gallery, Stockholm (2011) and Drawing Out, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Australia (2010) Selected Solo exhibitions include: Lost Gardens, Southbank Centre, London (2016); Body Architecture, Foundry Gallery with Saatchi Art, London (2016) and Solo booth, India Art Fair, Birla Academy of Art and Design, New Delhi (2014). Recent prizes include: Saatchi Art Showdown Prize Winner (2013) and awarded the first International Rectors Scholarship to read a Ph.D at University of Arts London (2009). He lives and works in London.

Hormazd Narielwalla works in collage and prints utilising tailoring patterns to create artworks exploring the body, human culture and portraiture in abstracted form. His practice began in the workrooms of London’s Savile Row tailors Dege & Skinner, where he found that tailors would shred the patterns of customers now deceased.  

God Save the Queen was made in 2016 shortly after the artist was granted British citizenship. This consists of 36 abstract portraits of the Queen printed in relief letterpress on original bespoke tailoring patterns and collaged in perfect order depicting stamps and conveying the message of movement of information, economics and peoples.


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