b. 1956, New Zealand

Brent Harris Biography

Brent Harris was born in Palmerston North, New Zealand, and gained a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Victorian College of Arts in Melbourne in 1984. His paintings and works on paper are characterised by stark planes, often black and white, swooping organic gestures and expressionist shapes. 'Many of his forms vibrate, rise and fall, and cause the viewers eye much exercise in following them', noted James Mollison in Art and Australia recently.

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But what surprises most is the sensuality of the work; as though the sharp lines and immaculate surfaces can barely contain the emotions brooding beneath. This is the unconscious meshed with a taut, graphic sensibility.

Brent Harris has exhibited extensively in Australia since 1985. Recently his work was seen in Orifice, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and Field Work: Australian Contemporary Art 1968-2002 at the National Gallery of Victoria. His solo show - The Face - at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 2004 was described by Peter Hill as, 'of-its-time yet strangely out-of-time.' He currently lives and works in Melbourne.

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Embark No. 2 by Brent Harris contemporary artwork painting, drawing
Brent Harris Embark No. 2, 2014 Charcoal and gouache on board
52 x 38 cm
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THE STATIONS by Brent Harris contemporary artwork print
Brent Harris THE STATIONS, 2021 Fourteen Polymer Gravure Etchings
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Sad Magdalene by Brent Harris contemporary artwork painting
Brent Harris Sad Magdalene, 2023 Oil on linen
110 x 76 cm
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Study for Sad Magdalene by Brent Harris contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Brent Harris Study for Sad Magdalene, 2012 Coloured pencil on paper
27.5 x 20 cm
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Study for Mary by Brent Harris contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Brent Harris Study for Mary, 2007 Coloured pencil on paper
58 x 43.5 cm
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No. 4 (the reassembled self) by Brent Harris contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Brent Harris No. 4 (the reassembled self), 2011 Charcoal and gouache on board
42 x 31 cm
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No. 22 (the reassembled self) by Brent Harris contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Brent Harris No. 22 (the reassembled self), 2011 Charcoal on gouache on board
42 x 32 cm
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Swamp (No. 6) by Brent Harris contemporary artwork painting
Brent Harris Swamp (No. 6), 2000 Oil on canvas
274 x 139.5 cm
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Tarrawarra Museum of Art
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