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b. 1956, New Zealand

Brent Harris Biography

Brent Harris was born in Palmeston 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 brooding, dripping swamplands delineated in the most meticulous way. Stark planes, often black and white, belie the 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. 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.

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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.

Brent Harris Featured Artworks

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Standing Figure #4 by Brent Harris contemporary artwork print
Brent HarrisStanding Figure #4, 2005Unique hand-coloured pressed paper pulp with stencilling and flocking on white handmade STPI paper.
168 x 66.5 cm
STPI - Creative Workshop & Gallery Contact Gallery
the other side by Brent Harris contemporary artwork painting
Brent Harristhe other side, 2015–2017Oil on linen
89 x 66 cm
Tolarno Galleries Contact Gallery
the small sword by Brent Harris contemporary artwork painting
Brent Harristhe small sword, 2017Oil on linen
92 x 73 cm
Tolarno Galleries Contact Gallery
mother and son by Brent Harris contemporary artwork painting
Brent Harrismother and son, 2017Oil on linen
92 x 73 cm
Tolarno Galleries Contact Gallery
the shadows by Brent Harris contemporary artwork painting
Brent Harristhe shadows, 2016oil on linen
92 x 73 cm
Martin Browne Contemporary Enquire
the other side #1 by Brent Harris contemporary artwork works on paper
Brent Harristhe other side #1, 2016trial proof (unique state) photopolymer gravure and coloured pencil
60 x 45.5 cm
Martin Browne Contemporary Enquire
peaks by Brent Harris contemporary artwork painting
Brent Harrispeaks, 2016oil on linen
132 x 96 cm
Martin Browne Contemporary Enquire
Swamp (No. 6) by Brent Harris contemporary artwork painting
Brent HarrisSwamp (No. 6), 2000Oil on canvas
274 x 139.5 cm
Not for sale
Tarrawarra Museum of Art

Brent Harris Recent Exhibitions

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