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Darling of the UK Art World Abigail Fallis Exhibits
Abigail Fallis, 'Halibut' 2006, Unique bronze halibut skeleton with black and red patina, Wall mounted sculpture, 23.6" x 39".

LONDON, ENGLAND.- Opus Art presents the catch of the day, by snagging Abigail Fallis’ first solo show outside London. Fresh from her critically acclaimed sell out show Eat Me in the capital, Abigail Fallis is the current darling of the UK art world. With Damien Hirst as her mentor and patron it seems there’s no stopping this fish fetish artist who is giving the Toon Takeaway a run for its specials board with her bronze fish and chips and silver cod skeleton sculptures.

Opus Art introduces The Fast Supper, Fallis’ new papier-mâché installation inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper and centred on modern-day consumerism and consumption. The disciples are represented only by hands, and their attributes are replaced by sculpted papier-mâché fast food with Judas Iscariot, for example, holding a McDonalds meal. Abigail explains her reasoning behind her work: “In America there’s a new diet – before putting food in your mouth you must ask ‘What would Jesus eat?’ and then you can go ahead. I saw on the telly last night the NHS is thinking of bringing in a ‘Fat Tax’ for obese people being treated on the NHS. Is this the end of Fast Food as we know it? If so this is my Ode to Fast Food, if not then it’s a celebration.”

Alongside Fallis’ The Fast Supper Opus Art is also showcasing her new fish sculptures and prints with humorous titles such as In Cod We Trust and Only Here For The Halibut. Commenting on the declining numbers of common fish species as a result of over consumption, this issue has forged an active relationship between Fallis and Greenpeace.

Abigail Fallis studied silversmithing and metalwork at Camberwell College of Arts, London. She has shown consistently since graduating and has been featured on Channel 4's The Big Breakfast and BBC2's New Brit, in which her sculpture Cock Eyed Jack - a pair of framed union jack pants - was a sardonic comment on the blatant spin doctoring of Cool Britannia.

Fallis works in a variety of media, including bronze, Perspex, concrete and fibreglass. One of the artist's stranger materials is fish. Her routine involves catching the fish, cooking and eating it then casting the skeleton in silver and bronze, resulting in unique sculptures.

Abigail Fallis has exhibited internationally, including Royal Academy of Arts, London, and Reykjavik Museum, Iceland. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Cass Foundation, Goodwood. A former blacksmith, Fallis studied at Camberwell College of Arts and lives and works in London. The exhibition runs from 15 September to 15 October at Opus.

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