"In creating a piece there is often a tension caused by the difference of the marks more heavily influenced by thought and those influenced by impulse. This is not a tension that necessarily needs to be resolved. Spontaneous gestures themselves will result in rhythmic forms that, once present, can be developed or expanded upon in a multitude of ways. The question of how to make these into a final work can be answered with the broadest of solutions which is to simply guide one’s impulse without blocking it’s essence. It is unfair to describe such a process without recognizing the infinite number of mysterious and indescribable elements that transform a visual statement into a physical object of value. However, any language when analyzed can confuse one just as easily as it can be explained, and the effect of any type of human expression is as varied as the people open to receiving it."
Ed Harris’ career in the visual arts is reaching out to increasingly large numbers of viewers.
Best known for 15 years in the United States and abroad as a songwriter, composer, and musician, Ed Harris has also created a vast body of work in the visual arts. Paintings, drawings, and sculptures have emerged, paralleling his accomplishments in music, while offering fresh insights into the diverse levels of his sensitivity and creative output.
Early on, Ed found himself in the company of artwork created by his parents, and learned from their examples, and especially from the teachings of his father, whose lengthy career as a college art professor embraced numerous subjects and media. In addition, there were countless visits to artists’ studios, and to major museums and galleries in multiple cities.
Ed’s fifteen years of contact with established musicians and an admiring public also had a major impact on his work. Touring in countries such as Japan, Italy, England, and Iceland- and 48 states-ensured exposure to a broad spectrum of dialects and patterns of daily life clearly reflected in his artwork. These contemporary aspects of human existence have transformed themselves into paintings, drawings, and sculptures that boldly and swiftly engage the viewer, and invite exploration of their intricate, interlaced identities.
Many of the interwoven paintings demonstrate the loving patience and commitment that are hallmarks of his style. Colors that merge when experienced from across the room reveal their inherent identities when viewed closely. Ultimately, these collective “cells” of color present themselves as a coherent, solid, living form.
Some of the larger works embody a commanding presence, with contrasting tonal qualities, engaging rhythms and high-resolution impact zones that deliver powerful thrusts at a momentous speed.
Smaller paintings impart multifaceted personalities, which unfailingly appear to connect with viewers. There is an inherent assurance that there is something for everyone. Some of the works are muscular, while others deliver smooth rhythms that flow in time to a heartbeat. Together they share a common bond.
Finally, Ed continues to participate in artists’ residencies both here and abroad where his formidable work ethic and outgoing personality ensure a considerable body of work, and an open dialogue with artists from around the world.
August 20011 “Shakeout IV: Life Preservers” Group show, Rockaway Beach, NJ
August 2011 Maryland Regional Juried Art Exhibit at UMUC Adelphia, MD
June 2011 “The Big Show” Creative Alliance, Baltimore MD
December 2010 Group show at Kaus Australis, Rotterdam, NL
October 2010 “Recent Works by Ed Harris” solo show at Gallery 123, Baltimore, MD
June 2010 “Artless” Group show at Sacred Gallery, SOHO, New York NY
August 2009 “Works by Allyn and Ed Harris” joint show at The Windup Space, Baltimore, MD
March 2009 Antagonist Art Movement group show at Niagara East Village, New York , NY
Career Highlights and Awards
February 2012- Four-week residency at Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
November 2010- Two-month residency at Kaus Australis, Rotterdam, Netherlands
July 2010- Featured artist article in “The Urbanite” with full-page image of painting “Growing Overmuch” and write up by Alex Castro.
March 2010 Four-week residency at Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT