Andy Harper

continuous line

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Year 2020
Medium Oil paint on primed paper
Dimensions 29.6 x 21 cm

About the work

This work went through several iterations before emerging as it appears now. A succession of motifs and compositional ideas were drawn into a wet layer of paint before the piece was completed by a single continuous stroke with a large brush.

About the artist:

Born 1971 UK, Andy Harper lives and works in St. Just and St. Ives. Graduated from BA Fine Art at Brighton Polytechnic (1993); MA Fine Art: Painting at the Royal College of Art (1995); and MA Visual Culture at Middlesex University (1999).

Harper’s work is drawn by an almost overwhelming abundance of resources. To engage with his paintings means to enter a whole new world on its own terms. References from botany, flora, Victorian and primordial motifs as well as powerful colours and abstract arrangements stimulate our senses and imagination.

His works are held in public and private collections including The United Kingdom Government Art Collection; Lodeveans Collection, London; Collection of Public Works, Irish Government collection; Fidelity Investments, London; Pigozzi Collection; J Sainsbury plc; and Accenture plc.

Selected solo exhibitions include What remains to be said, Nancy Toomey Gallery, San Francisco (2019-20); Plastic Fox, Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, London (2018); Andy Harper, Lux Institute of Art, Encinitas (2017); Sol, Danese Corey, New York (2016); Soft Errors, Patrick Heide Gallery, London (2016); The Pleasures of Thinking, Morgen Contemporary, Berlin (2014); and The Angels of History, The Page Gallery, Seoul (2013). Selected group exhibitions include Timeout, Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, London (2020); Angels, James Freeman Gallery, London (2019); A Solar Umbrella, Gallery 46, London (2019); Referenced, Danese Corey, New York (2017); The First Humans, Pumphouse Gallery, London (2015); and Silence, ESMoA – El Segundo Museum of Art, Los Angeles (2014).

Awards include Latitude Contemporary Art Prize, Winner (2012). Residencies include Lux Institute, Encinitas, San Diego (2017); and ESMoA, El Segundo, California (2014).

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