Hormazd Narielwalla has had critical success in both the commercial and academic art world. He is the only recipient of the International Rector’s Scholarship of the University of Arts, London (2009) to read for a PhD at London College of Fashion. His work, always in the medium of collage, uses tailoring patterns from different sources to create artworks exploring the body in abstract form. His practice began in the workrooms of the Savile Row tailoring firm Dege & Skinner where he discovered sets of bespoke suit patterns, which had been discarded upon the customers’ deaths. This prompted him to produce an artist’s book, Dead Man’s Patterns (2008) that achieved international success.
Dead Man’s Patterns was acquired by 25 collections in the UK and the USA, and also gained the attention of Sir Paul Smith who sponsored and exhibited Narielwalla’s first solo show Study on Anansi (2009) where he combined the tailoring patterns with western Africa folktales. During this time he was commissioned by Dege & Skinner to put together the biography of their Master Tailor Michael Skinner. In 2011 Benefactum, London published the biography under the tittle The Savile Row Cutter. Since his first Solo Show with Paul Smith, Narielwalla has exhibited in other galleries/stores in London, Melbourne, Stockholm, Athens as well as the eminent Scope Art Fair in New York (2010), Degreeart, Vyner Street, London (2013), the Saatchi Gallery, London (2013) and the India Art Fair, New Delhi (2014).
Narielwalla was also commissioned by the Crafts Council, England to exhibit in their national touring exhibit Block Party (2011) alongside artists Yinka Shonibare, Lucy Orta and Charlotte Hodes. The exhibition explored the art of the tailor and was accompanied with a short documentary on Narielwalla’s practice. In 2013 they invited Narielwalla again to exhibit work in their project space at Collect 2013, the international art fair for the contemporary object hosted at the Saatchi Gallery, where he exhibited five sculptures. In 2013 Saatchi Art online magazine announced Narielwalla as ‘One to Watch’ and in 2014 invited him to exhibit work in their exclusive Saatchi suite in collaboration with Poul Kjaerholm furniture from Republic of Fritz Hansen, during the exhibit Spring Fever hosted by the Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill. Other collaborations and associations include Centre of Possible Studies – Serpentine Gallery, Sheridan Design Agency, Beams Tokyo, Victoria & Albert Museum shop, Artbelow, Jigsaw, Tiger of Sweden, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Shop at Bluebird, and CHART gallery, among other art and fashion establishments.
Narielwalla’s work has received noteworthy international press coverage in print media, radio and on TV where he was invited by Channel 4 to talk about his Lady Gardens project. Nancy Campbell, Editor of Printmaking Today wrote, “Narielwalla delights in cloth and the art of its control. It is said that fashion is cyclical, and always repeats itself, but his recycling of a means of production rather than the style itself is unusual, the mark of an inventive and distinctive artist.”
Sept 2009: Awarded the first International Rectors Scholarship to read on a PhD at LCF.
July 2007: Awarded 2 Erach Roshan Sadri Foundation grants for part tuition and research.
May: Launch of Dead Man’s Patterns, artist’s book.
Oct: A Study On Anansi, solo show, Paul Smith Gallery, London (sponsored).
March: Markt, group show, Lincoln Centre, New York, curated by Diane Pernet (ashadedviewonfashion.com).
April: Drawing Out, group show, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia.
Oct: Hat-Parade, solo show, Bernstock Speirs, London.
Art Below, official billboard display, Old Street Tube station, London.
April: Fairy-God, Fashion-Mother, 4Fashionshake III, Athens.
Drawing and the body, KG52 Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden.
July: Launch of The Savile Row Cutter, published by Bene-Factum, London.
Sept: Block Party, Crafts Council, England, national touring exhibit.
Nov: Fairy-God, Fashion-Mother Solo Show, Modern Pantry, London.
Jan: Dead Man’s Patterns Memento Mori, solo show at Sheridan&Co, London.
Feb: Imprint, group show, Centre of Possible Studies, Serpentine Gallery, London.
April: Showcase, Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge, London.
May: Independent stall, The Other Art Fair, funded by SEE, University of Arts, London.
July: Summer Salon, group show, Islington Arts Factory, London.
Dec: Lady Gardens, solo show, Long White Cloud, London.
Feb: Love Nest, solo show, Margaret Street Gallery, London.
: Pap(I)er Fashion, Galerie Stihl, Waiblingen, Germany produced by ATOPOS cvc in
association with Barbican, London.
April: UNIT 3, group show, Degreeart, Vyner Street, London.
May: Project Space, COLLECT 13, by Crafts Council, Saatchi Gallery, London.
Nov: Connect, group show, A-Side B-Side gallery, London
Jan: Le Petit Echo De La Mode, solo show, India Art Fair 2014, represented by Birla Academy of Art, Kolkata.
Feb: Glue, group show on contemporary collage, CHART Gallery, Chelsea, London.
April: Spring Fever, work installed in the exclusive Saatchi Suite alongside Poul Kjaerholm furniture, Republic of Fritz Hansen at Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill.
May: Group show, Between The Lines, Degreeart, Vyner Street, London.
National Art Library Special Collections
Rare British Modern Collection at the British Library
Stuarts Hall Library of Artist Books, Iniva collection
Courtauld Institute of Art collection
Fashion Institute of technology collection of artist books, New York
Central Saint Martin’s collection of artist books
London College of Fashion, Special Collections
London College of Communication collection of artist books
Special Collections Kingston University, London
Bath Spa University, University of Wales, Newport
Edinburgh college of Art Special Collections
University of Winchester Special Collection of Artist Books
Manchester Metropolitan University
Somerset College, Arts & technology
Liverpool John Moores University
Special Collections, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
Special Collections, Parsons School, Art & Design, New York
Special Collections, University of Minnesota