Feathered fun: chicken portraits go on show at Anthropologie

Holly Frean’s irresistible new exhibition 'Fowl Play' opens today

Characterful chickens are the stars of Holly Frean’s charming new exhibition

For British artist Holly Frean, the chicken definitely comes before the egg. She is fascinated by the birds and has painted a series of portraits of our fowl friends for an exhibition in Anthropologie on London’s Kings Road, which opens today (22 July).

‘Chickens are spectacular, theatrical creatures,’ she says. ‘Consider their extraordinary faces and baggy accessories – all ostentation and swank!’

You can’t help but feel her love for these characterful birds in the plates she has produced for Anthropologie, which are all inquisitive eyes and colourful feathers.

Frean is best known for her tongue-in-cheek interpretations of famous artists, such as her painting Holbein Watches the News, which hangs in the Saatchi Gallery, just along Kings Road from Anthropologie.

This current exhibition, 'Fowl Play', came about after Anthropologie asked Frean to design a range of ceramics graced by hen designs, which you can see more of in our gallery, below. The result is a fun range of plates and portraits.

‘The angle of a beak, the placement of the eyes, even pupil dilation, the arrangement of expressive plumage – all these combine to invent a chicken’s personality,’ she says.

They certainly make an irresistible talking point around the dinner table. Who knew there was so much to our feathered friends? 

Holly Frean for Anthropologie dessert plates, £14 each. 'Fowl Play' runs until 22nd September at The Gallery, Anthropologie, 139 Kings Road, London, SW3 4PW. 020 7349 3110; anthropologie.eu

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