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  • Provenance

    Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York

  • Exhibited

    New York, Marianne Boesky Gallery, Barnaby Furnas,  16 September - 21 October, 2006; London, The Royal Academy of Arts, USA Today, October - November, 2006; London, Stuart Shave Modern Art, Barnaby Furnas, Effigies, September - October, 2007  

  • Literature

    USA Today, exh. cat., The Royal Academy, London, 2006, pp. 141; Abstract America: New Painting and Sculpture, exh. cat., Saatchi Gallery, London, 2008, p. 379

  • Catalogue Essay

    “With the skin my thinking is that rather then having to render skin why not use flesh itself to depict flesh. Plus skin is the substance that separates air from blood, the goal is to find a sort of material realism rather then a painted one.” (Barnaby Furnas, in an interview with Adam Mendelsohn, October 2006,
    Barnaby Furnas’s Untitled (Effigy I) is executed on calf-skin vellum. The burning and puncturing in areas across the surface insinuates a foreboding mysticism that is given greater accent by the linear script interweaving across the background. This spirituality is paralleled in the transparent haze of urethane that Furnas mixes with pigment himself rendering ethereal skin tones. The figure becomes rather disturbing; deviating from his normally bold and vibrant palette to imbue a sense of imminence. Charred and pierced she sits emotively locked with the viewer, encouraging corporeal engagement between the two.


Untitled (Effigy I)

Urethane, spirits on burnt calf skin vellum.
71.1 x 45.7 cm (28 x 18 in).
Signed, titled and dated ‘BARNABY FURNAS EFFIGY #1 6/9/6’ on the overlap.

£20,000 - 30,000 

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

13 October 2010