HomePage Artists

b. 1980, Belgium

Harold Ancart Biography

From the heat of a New York summer, to layers of graffiti on a handball court, Belgian artist Harold Ancart distils his experiences and encounters into painterly, abstract two- and three-dimensional artworks.

Read More

Born in Belgium in 1980 and having received his MFA from the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Visuels de La Cambre in Belgium in 2007, Harold Ancart's canvas paintings, concrete sculptures, and large-scale installations have been exhibited in different settings around the world. These include Jaipur's Madhavendra Palace, where he created four works for The Sculpture Park: Edition 2019. Executed in oil stick on cast concrete, the artist calls these large-scale abstractions of architecture 'stairs'. The colours of the four pieces—Untitled (Jotikaa), Untitled (Harold), Untitled (Prakhar), and Untitled (Loup) (all 2018)—respond to the wall paintings of the palace in which they are situated.

The initial kernel of Harold Ancart's 'stairs' can be found in his series of pool-themed sculptures from 2017. Inspired by the heat of that summer and the lack of private swimming pools in New York, the artist sculpted each work from Styrofoam, cast them in concrete, and then painted their surfaces with oil stick.

In 2019, Harold Ancart completed a public installation commissioned by the Public Art Fund in New York, where he has lived and worked since 2007. Inspired by the thousands of handball courts in the city and the way their layers of graffiti, damage, and patching evoke the gestures of abstract painting, Ancart created a 16-foot-high wall atop a concrete floor, painted to evoke the lines and wear of a handball court.

In addition to his sculptural endeavours, Harold Ancart produces a range of works on canvas. Often science fiction-esque in their imagery, Harold Ancart's paintings are abstract depictions of surreal scenes, such as geometric flowers blooming against a dark background, as in Untitled (2015), or iceberg-like forms floating along a crimson ocean, as in Untitled (2018).

Harold Ancart's artworks can be found in the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Fondation Beyeler, Basel; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, amongst other prestigious locations. Harold Ancart's exhibitions include The Collection (I): Highlights for a Future, Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent (2019); Peindre La Nuit, Centre Pompidou-Metz (2018); and Harold Ancart with Michel François and Gabriel Kuri, La Comète, Liège, Belgium (2017).

Biography by Casey Carsel | Ocula | 2020

Jenny Holzer, from Survival (1983–85) (2020). © 2020 Jenny Holzer, member Artist Rights Society (ARS). Photo: Graham Kelman.

Harold Ancart Featured Artworks

Untitled (Seascape) by Harold Ancart contemporary artwork
Harold AncartUntitled (Seascape)Pencil and oil stick on paper
133.9 x 179.7 x 4 cm
Xavier Hufkens Contact Gallery
Black Caviar by Harold Ancart contemporary artwork
Harold AncartBlack Caviar, 2014Concrete
14 x 291 x 26 cm
Xavier Hufkens Contact Gallery
Untitled (VAA) by Harold Ancart contemporary artwork
Harold AncartUntitled (VAA)Steel and airplane blanket
40.6 x 45.7 x 182.9 cm
Xavier Hufkens Contact Gallery
Untitled (Swimming pool) by Harold Ancart contemporary artwork
Harold AncartUntitled (Swimming pool), 2013Burned photograph, oil, mounted on multiplex, bronze frame
42 x 52.2 x 2.5 cm
Xavier Hufkens Contact Gallery
Midi Douze by Harold Ancart contemporary artwork
Harold AncartMidi Douze, 2013Metal
140 x 110 x 60 cm
Xavier Hufkens Contact Gallery

Harold Ancart Current & Recent Exhibitions

View All (5)
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Artists for New York at Hauser & Wirth, New York
Closing Soon
1–22 October 2020 Group Exhibition Artists for New York Hauser & Wirth, 22nd St, New York22nd Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Harold Ancart, Traveling Light at David Zwirner, New York
Closed
10 September–17 October 2020 Harold Ancart Traveling Light David Zwirner, 19th St, New York19th Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, At Sea Online Viewing Room at David Zwirner, New York
Closed
24 July–30 August 2020 Group Exhibition At Sea Online Viewing Room David ZwirnerOnline Only

Harold Ancart Represented By

David Zwirner contemporary art gallery in 19th Street, New York, USA David Zwirner New York, London, Paris, Hong Kong

Harold Ancart In Ocula Magazine

Galleries Augment Basel Online With Clicks-and-Mortar Exhibitions Ocula News Galleries Augment Basel Online With Clicks-and-Mortar Exhibitions Berlin, 16 June 2020

In Berlin, where the pandemic permits, digital viewing rooms are being remade offline. Elsewhere, galleries are mounting ever richer online presentations.

Fade out copy.
Read More
Mega Galleries Hasten to Launch AR and VR Technologies Ocula News Mega Galleries Hasten to Launch AR and VR Technologies Milan, 15 April 2020

Massimo De Carlo, Hauser & Wirth, and Lisson Gallery are all promoting XR projects this month.

Fade out copy.
Read More

Harold Ancart In Related Press

See the Majestic Displays at India’s First Contemporary Sculpture Park Related Press See the Majestic Displays at India’s First Contemporary Sculpture Park 5 September 2019, Hyperallergic

India's first-ever contemporary sculpture park has launched its second edition. The not-for-profit project, inaugurated in December 2017, transformed the Madhavendra Palace in Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur, into an expansive sculpture gallery. The sculptures are displayed throughout the majestic rooms and grand courtyards of the 18th-century fortress...

Fade out copy.
Read More
How Small-Scale Paintings Became the Art World's Big New Trend Related Press How Small-Scale Paintings Became the Art World's Big New Trend 29 August 2018, Vogue

The worldwide reaction against globalism takes many forms, most of them less dramatic than Brexit. In the art world, a trend has been emerging toward personal, intimate, and sometimes (but not always) small-scale paintings. This new work has almost nothing in common with the overblown, space-filling, mixed-media installations that the critic Peter...

Fade out copy.
Read More

Be among the first to know when new artworks and exhibitions by Harold Ancart are added to Ocula.

WeChat

Scan the QR Code via WeChat to follow Ocula's official account.

Scan to follow Ocula on WeChat.
;