Based Upon is a London studio designers under the direction of brothers, Ian and Richard Abell. The studio creates its own work and undertakes a large number of commissions, specialising in creating site-specific works that capture the essence of the project they are a part of.
Its work spans Fine Art and Design and has crossed over into creating new pianos, jewellery and the development of new architectural materials. The studio is often chosen to create important commemorative works to mark landmark moments in a company’s history. The studio has created such works for brands including Rolls Royce, Tiffany & Co and HSBC. Its private clients are some of the most well-known names in film, sports, business and politics.
Guided by nature, we journey deep into landscape to witness it at its most simple and profound, unearthing the patterns observable at the largest and smallest scales of the known universe. Our commissioned works move into the realm of the priceless because they have such significance to those who commission them. In an increasingly digital world these physical works, which honour the past and the future, represent true legacy. – Ian Abell
Based Upon’s work is on public show in London, New York and Hong Kong and in important private collections in USA, India, Saudi Arabia and Russia. Examples of the studio’s work include:
Inspired by the breath-taking countryside of the remote Inis Oirr in Ireland, this artwork was hand – sculpted and crafted to capture textural and material quality of the island’s landscape in layered liquid metals with delicate patina applied to the surface. An integrated, programmable LED lighting system gently guides the viewer into a state of peace and relaxation.
“The Baby” Grand Piano
Based Upon’s iconic sculptural form ‘Twist’ has taken many different iterations over the years, from tables to consoles to bars. “The Baby” evolved the design still further into a series of limited edition grand pianos. Each featured Based Upon’s trademark ‘Tramazite ’ material and liquid metal, creating pieces that live as both artwork and instrument.
Blow created an interplay between man and nature. What appears brutal in the initial incision and explosion flawed into graceful, radiating forms, becoming a harmonious dialogue between man, nature and technology.
The studio is considered pioneering within the British creative industry as it openly acknowledges its collaborative approach between its team rather than positioning the work as the work of its founders, the Abell brothers. It also self-represents within the market without a gallery and has been invited to show frequently among the world’s leading galleries at London’s Masterpiece Fair and other international shows.
Visit Based Upon — www.basedupon.com