Lot 339 - David Harrison - Syrinx Turns into a Reed
Oil on Postcard
A6 (15x10cm) Original Artwork
Signed on Verso
Teetering on the cusp of ordinary perception, David Harrison’s paintings, drawings and sculptures present a world where the natural and supernatural go hand in hand. Harrison's works expand the languages of contemporary painting and sculpture, drawing into play parts of the culture which are forgotten, buried, discarded or disregarded. The artist employs all that has lain outside of the mainstream of modern art – age-old symbols and fanciful myth, irrational beliefs, traditional genres like landscape, exuberant sexuality, barbed wit, and wonder at the natural world – in order to speak vividly about our own time, and to revivify the disciplines of painting and sculpture.
Harrison’s paintings give shape to a complete imaginative universe akin to those of earlier Romantic visionaries, ripe with references to the natural world and populated by a cast of animals and figures drawn from myths, legends, modern-day politics and from his own biography alike.
1981-84 BA (Hons) Fine Art, St Martin’s School of Art, London, UK
1980-81 Foundation Course, St Martin’s School of Art, London, UK
2018 Fuck Me, Lungley Gallery, London, UK
2017 Remake Remodel, Churchgate Gallery, Somerset, UK David Harrison: Photographs, TRAMPS, London, UK
2016 Nightshift, Sargent’s Daughters, New York, USA
2015 Flowers of Evil, Victoria Miro, London, UK
2012 Second Nature, VW (VeneKlasen/Werner), Berlin, Germany
2009 Existence, Victoria Miro Gallery, London, UK
2008 Green and Pleasant Land, Daniel Reich Gallery, New York, USA
2005 Victoria Miro, London, UK
2001 Sickbed, Cubitt Gallery, London, UK
2000 Dance Macabre, curated by Peter Doig, London, UK Sickbed, Cubitt Gallery, London, UK
1998 Escape into Reality, Dash Gallery, London, UK
1997 Hanging Gardens, Cubitt Gallery, London, UK
1989 David Harrison New Works, The Space, London, UK Escaape into Reality, The Space, London, UK
1986 David Harrison: One Man Show, Cowboys and Poodles Gallery, San Francisco, USA Group Exhibitions
2021 Queer as Folklore, Gallery 46, London, UK BRUTAL ATTRACTION, Gallery 46, London, UK Into the Cosmere, Brushes with Greatness, London, UK 2019 The Dog Show: Contemporary Art. Chosen by Dog
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