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Harrison Witsey

St Pius X College

Artwork title
Now stopping
HSC year
2013
ARTEXPRESS year
2014
Expressive form
Painting
Artist’s statement

In my work I have tried to capture and reconstruct fleeting moments of strange and quiet beauty that hold a lasting and mysterious power; passing instants of solitary reflection during travel or in a daily commute. Walking alone on a silent street, watching a passing stranger unobserved, or driving home on a dark night. The resemblance to tickets reflects the nature of these intimate moments, the perceived dullness and banality of the suburban environments betraying these often intensely emotional experiences that range from the melancholic isolation and loneliness portrayed in Edward Hopper’s paintings to the luminous joy and energy of Monet’s.

Influencing artists: Edward Hopper, Louise Hearman, David Hockney, Claude Monet


Collection connections

How do you think David Hockney’s practice has influenced Harrison Witsey’s approach to artmaking? What strategies are similar for each artist?

Notice the common, everyday experiences in your daily life. Record these moments in a small sketchbook or diary when they occur. Experiment with depicting these moments in both graphite and coloured pencils. Edit your pieces to create a final body of work to display.