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FARHI’S FINGERS

Nicole Farhi is making her sculpting debut during London Fashion Week at Bowman Sculpture in Mayfair.

“From the Neck Up” will feature busts from the art, fashion and entertainment worlds, including Judi Dench, Helena Bonham Carter, Lucian Freud and Anna Wintour, in addition to abstract pieces.

Farhi, who was tutored and mentored by the British sculptor Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, has been sculpting for nearly three decades and began doing it full-time three years ago. This exhibition, which runs from Sept. 16 to Oct. 3, will be the first public showcase of her work.

“The human face has always greatly interested me,” said Farhi. “I have a rather good memory for faces, even if in life I have seen them only once or twice, as in the case of Freud and Bacon.

“Most of the time, producing a portrait requires a rapport between artist and sitter. The true character of the person will come through these repeated sessions. Usually, my sitters will come to the studio to be photographed, or I will go to them. I will then start building an armature and, after a few hours, sculpting in clay the structure of the face will appear or not. Once I have the structure, the true character will follow — sometimes days later, weeks, sometimes months,” she said.

— LORELEI MARFIL


“From the Neck Up”
Bowman Sculpture
6 Duke Street, SW1Y 6BN
Web: bowmansculpture.com

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