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b. 1963, United Kingdom

Marcus Harvey Biography

For several years now, Marcus Harvey has in his work explored the notion of Britishness–from Thatcher to Tony Blair, as well as Nelson and Empire, but also lower-brow symbols, from tattoos, to junk-shop knick-knacks.

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Often, these ideas are amalgamated in his extraordinary bronze sculptures as if a magnetic centrifugal force has pulled together busts of Thatcher, policeman's helmets, Britannia, galleons and other maritime bric-a-brac. The result is a series of powerful, humorous three-dimensional state-of-the-nation collages.

Harvey is an observer, not a judge. 'I am ordering the imagery according to what is unfolding in terms of topical debate. People will read the extreme sentiment into it. It's a nagging theme to me that I mean to explore–artists don't conclude. Politicians and philosophers conclude.'

Harvey's work is held in collections around the world, including the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Damien Hirst's Murder Me Collection, UK; Burger Collection, Hong Kong; the British Council, London; and the Saatchi Collections, London. In 2016 a mayor solo exhibition of Marcus Harvey's work was held at Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, UK.

Text courtesy Reflex Amsterdam.

Marcus Harvey Featured Artworks

Historic Head by Marcus Harvey contemporary artwork
Marcus HarveyHistoric Head, 2016bronze
107 x 66 x 68.5 cm
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Tall Isle by Marcus Harvey contemporary artwork
Marcus HarveyTall Isle, 2015acrylic on inkjet mounted on plywood
214 x 169 cm
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Ship by Marcus Harvey contemporary artwork
Marcus HarveyShip, 2013oil on inkjet on canvas
212 x 168.5 cm
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Small Boat Boy Tattoo by Marcus Harvey contemporary artwork
Marcus HarveySmall Boat Boy Tattoo, 2016oil on inkjet on plywood
143 x 109 cm
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Ghost Ship by Marcus Harvey contemporary artwork
Marcus HarveyGhost Ship, 2016oil and acrylic on inkjet on canvas
245 x 199 cm
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Galleon Tattoo by Marcus Harvey contemporary artwork
Marcus HarveyGalleon Tattoo, 2016oil on inkjet on canvas
212 x 163 cm
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Marcus Harvey Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, In Times of Plenty: The Shape of Things Today at Reflex Amsterdam, Amsterdam
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7 July–4 September 2018 Group Exhibition In Times of Plenty: The Shape of Things Today Reflex Amsterdam
Contemporary art exhibition, Marcus Harvey, Shipbuilding - New Works at Reflex Amsterdam, Amsterdam
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25 November 2016–7 January 2017 Marcus Harvey Shipbuilding - New Works Reflex Amsterdam

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