Hormazd Narielwalla is a collage maker; working with unique bespoke Savile Row tailoring patterns as his source materials. His latest works explore the blurring lines between fashion and art, and the tensions that lie between figuration and abstraction. On display will be works showcasing the evolution of the artist’s style, with a focus on his most recent series Le Petit Echo de la Mode, which draws inspiration from the similarly named fashion and lifestyle magazine published in Paris between 1897 and 1983.
The artist’s fascination of tailoring archive earned him the only International Rector’s Scholarship from the University of Arts, London at the renowned London College of Fashion. During his residency at Dege & Skinner Savile Row, he wrote The Savile Row Cutter, the tailoring biography of Master Tailor Michael Skinner published by Bene-factum Publishers, London, 2011, and in 2008 produced a limited edition artist book Dead Man’s Patterns, inspired by bespoke patterns of customers now deceased. The book was acquired by several art collections around the world including the Rare British Modern Collection at the British Library and the National Art Library.
In October 2009, British designer Paul Smith at his Mayfair gallery presented Narielwalla’s first solo exhibition A Study on Anansi, where he combined the patterns with western African folk tales. Since then Narielwalla has exhibited in London, Melbourne, Stockholm, Athens and the eminent Scope Art Fair, New York. In 2011 he was commissioned by the Crafts Council to exhibit in their national touring exhibition Block Party curated by artist Lucy Orta showing alongside artists Yinka Shonibare, MBE, Charlotte Hodes and Simon Thorogood. In 2013 the Crafts Council selected Narielwalla again as one of only 11 artists to exhibit in the Project Space at Collect 2013 the international art fair for the contemporary object hosted by the Saatchi Gallery, London.
In October 2013, Saatchi Online magazine declared Narielwalla as “One to Watch” and in November 2013 the magazine included him in their selection of “Best of 2013”, identifying him as an artist of growing international acclaim, exhibiting strong emerging talent.