Artist Statement

 

"Through my paintings I question what relationship the viewer has to the surface and pictorial space of painting; what can that encounter elicit? What are the implications for an immersive pictorial space in painting when considered outside the historical figure/ground or subject/object relationship? I am interested in producing a cinematic glow that references a digital era of the saturated screen. Generating a luminous sheen that acts as a hinge to a constructed virtual reality of the pictorial space. This is an age when the pictorial image is no longer related to a reality but rather the reality the maker wants to construct. I establish an illusion of the real that isn't fixed, that is figural, an evolving strange world of make believe. I incorporate not only a semblance of an illusionistic space, but also the resemblance of the viewer who is reflected in the surface.

 

My paintings emerge from an anonymous narrative in the studio; the pigment and binder are layered at a diaphanous thickness in a labour intensive process that denies the authorial brush of the artist and is in contrast to the immediacy expected of image making in this digital era. The surfaces resonate with the potential cinematic glow whilst the illusionistic chromatic tension of the surface oscillates. This physical intensity is heightened through the shared social activity of the viewer as we pursue the allusive image down the corridors of the surface. The viewer has the potential to encounter these objects and discover their own painterly moment rather than the indexical mimicking of the movements of the maker or observing a known reality."

 

Solo Exhibitions

 

2015

Phd Solo Exhibition

School of Art and Design,

The University of Wolverhampton

2015

Insert Groovy Title Here

Wolverhampton Art Gallery

2015

Revealing the Image

Sarah Wiseman Gallery, Oxford

2010

The Little Street

School of Art and Design,

The University of Wolverhampton.

2008

Traversing the Hyper-Known

Eagle Works Gallery, Wolverhampton.

2007

The Nirvana Experiment

The Small Gallery, Wolverhampton.

2005

For The Fourth Wall

Eagle Works Gallery, Wolverhampton.

 

Group Exhibitions

 

2016

Line & Surface

Sarah Wiseman Gallery

2013

2013

Recherché

Affordable Art Fair Hampstead

Wolverhampton Art Gallery

 

Sarah Wiseman Gallery

2012

2012

West Midlands Open

Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead

Wolverhampton Art Gallery

 

Sarah Wiseman Gallery

2011

 

2011

Surface Tension

 

Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead

Two person show across two venues: Sarah Wiseman Gallery and The North Wall, Oxford

 

Sarah Wiseman Gallery

2011

Four Generations of Painters

Eagle Works Gallery, Wolverhampton

2010

Neither/Nor

The Arena Gallery, the cooperative program - Liverpool Biennial.

2009

Viral Sublime

Eagle works Gallery, Wolverhampton.

2009

MA & Other Post Graduates

Atkinson Gallery, Somerset.

2009

Art Spotting

Sarah Wiseman Gallery, Oxford

2007

Twelvefourbythree

Eagle works Gallery, Woverhampton

2007

Birmingham Open

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

2006

Nowadays

Sarah Wiseman Gallery, Oxford

 

Publications:

 

Harris, S. (2014) The Virtual, Painting and Celluloid Framing in The Oxford Handbook of Virtuality. Grimshaw, M (ed.) Oxford University Press.

 

Refereed Journal Articles

Harris, S. (2010) Pictorially Abstract: The Illusion of The Real, De-search: Postgraduate Journal of Art and Contemporary Culture. No 1, Vol 1. Online-Peer reviewed

 

 

Independent Grants and Awards

 

2015

Image of Painting used for the cover of Sonic Virtuality: Sound as Emergent Perception. Oxford University Press. Grimshaw, M and Tome Garner

2013

Painting used for the cover of Oxford Handbook of Virtuality. Oxford University Press. Grimshaw, M (ed.)

2010

Painting featured as the poster/advert campaign for the MA & Other Post Graduates exhibition at the Atkinson Gallery

2009

Arts Council Small Grant

  • In support of the 2009 exhibition programme to be held at Eagle Works Gallery, Wolverhampton.

2008

CADRE PhD support funding

2007

Arts Council Small Grant

  • In support of the ‘Twelvefourbythree’ exhibition to be held at Eagle Works Gallery, Wolverhampton including catalogue.

2006

Featured in Staffordshire Life, September issue

2005

 

Arts Council Small Grant

  • In support of 6 individual exhibitions to be held at Eagle Works Gallery, Wolverhampton and one group exhibition including catalogue.

2004

The Daler-Rowney Award for Excellence in Painting

 

 

Education

 

02/07- To Date

PhD Research Program

 

University of

Wolverhampton

Completion date 2015

09/05-09/06

M.A. Art and Design Network: Fine Art

 

University of

Wolverhampton

Pass with Distinction

09/01- 06/04

B.A.(Hons). Fine Art: Painting

 

University of

Wolverhampton

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