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Title

Study for Court

1993


Artist

Brent Harris

New Zealand, Australia

04 Oct 1956 -


About

Brent Harris was born in New Zealand and has lived in Australia since 1981. A painter, printmaker and draughtsman, Harris has developed a distinctive personal visual language where his works dwell somewhere between abstraction and peculiar figuration, incorporating elements of the surreal, such as automatic drawing and uncanny distillation of the figure. Immaculate surfaces, pristine edges and cropped forms are dominant features of his works.

Harris works methodically, often using a sequence of paintings, prints or drawings to zero in on an idea, a form or to determine a composition. Drawing is at the core of his artistic practice, he makes many drawings, continually refining forms and images before creating finished paintings. Behind the pristine refinement of his works are accumulated layers of experimentation and many drawings.

This watercolour study is a working drawing for an early series of coolly coloured and semi-abstract paintings that Harris exhibited in his solo exhibition at Karen Lovegrove Gallery in Melbourne in 1993. This watercolour relates to a painting titled Court from this solo exhibition, one of which is in the Gallery’s collection. This series of paintings corresponded with a shift in Harris’s thinking that was inspired in part by his reading of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari’s A Thousand Plateaus (1980), a seminal post-structuralist text. Harris has said that the paintings in this show were the product of an experimentation with pictorial space and his investigation into abstract concepts of space. Harris describes this work as, ‘a space to stand or a portal to move metaphorically into another imagined consciousness…a space to lay down in, or lay a body in, or a doorway/portal to move through.’ Brent Harris 2018


Details


Date

1993


Media category

Watercolour


Materials used

watercolour on off-white wove paper


Dimensions

47.4 x 26.1 cm image; 60.2 x 37.5 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r., pencil "B Harris 93".


Credit

Gift of Brent Harris 2018. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program


Location

Not on display


Accession number

267.2018


Artist information

Brent Harris

Works in the collection

53