Stormfronts, 2010, Oil on Linen, 48″ x 96″
Firestorm, 2011, Oil on Linen, 48″ x 96″
S.P at Lago Di Pilato, 2006, Oil on Linen, 12″ x 12″
Young Man, 2009, Oil on Linen, 12″ x 12″
Monitor is Obsolete, 2008, Oil on Linen, (detail)
Katy, 2007, Oil on Linen, 16″ x 16″
Figures at Ebb Tide, 2000, Oil on Linen, 72″ x 68″
M.T near Rani Ban, 1995, Oil on Linen, 20″ x 10″
J.L Amongst the Leaves, 1993, Oil on Linen, 20″ x 20″
I work within the progressive tradition of Realism. I am interested in existential issues, what it feels like to be alive, how can one feel more fulfilled, how do we connect with the exterior world and what is preventing us from doing that?.
The characters in my paintings are connected to their environment but unable to wholly integrate into it, sometimes they are actively threatened by it, their means of fulfilment, relief or redemption frustratingly inaccessible to them.
My characters are confused, isolated, confrontational, fearful or introvert. They are unsettled by their situation, sometimes caught in motion between expressions. They may eyeball the viewer trying to calculate how our presence affects them or stand frozen, inhibited and exposed.
I paint by instinct and trust that above intellect. My intention is to make emotionally charged, expressive and authentic paintings which are as uncomfortable and challenging as life is.
Post by Philip Harris, philip-harris.com