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Sarah Harvey

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Liquid Universe, 2011 Oil on Linen 145 X 145 © Sarah Harvey
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Liquid Universe, 2011 Oil on Canvas 145 X 145 © Sarah Harvey
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Abyss, 2011 Oil on Linen 80 X 360cm © Sarah Harvey
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Cubist Waters, 2011 Oil on Canvas 115 X 169cm © Sarah Harvey
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Falling Pleasure, 2010 Oil on Linen 151 X 134cm © Courtesy of the artist & Sesame Gallery
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Glisten, 2010 Oil on Linen 121 X 121cm © Sarah Harvey % Sesame Gallery
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
London
Birth year
1981
Lives in
London
Works in
London
Schools
Newcastle University, 2004, BFA Hons
Chelsea School of Art, 2000, BTEC
Representing galleries
Collectrs Contemporary Gallery, James Freeman Gallery
Tags
realism, modern, traditional, photography, abstract, figurative
Statement

My paintings, predominantly of girls under water, and mostly self portraits, aim to arouse not just a sense of well being and pleasure, but suggesting notions of insecurity, fantasy and sexuality.

Many of my paintings examine the figures abstracted, mutated, refracted and reflected within these lush liquid environments that I surround them by, which lend themselves to a paradox of feelings when being viewed.

The paintings are without a horizon line, so as not to have a reference of anything solid to draw perspectives upon – allowing the viewer to feel like they are under the water with the girl or acting as a voyeur from above.

With each painting narrative based, together they add to an autobiography that is gradually being written in paint. My influences coming from artists such as Francis Bacon with his Carcus and Crucifixion paintings, Egon Schieles drawings, and also Jenny Saville, my paintings are steadily exploring many more issues that I as an artist am dealing with.

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