Rebecca Harper Debut London Solo Exhibition

Concrete Shadows references the classic British holiday snapshot yet initial wistfulness is disrupted by the settings' precarious nature

Rebecca Harper, Concrete Shadows (2019)

Huxley-Parlour Gallery present the debut London solo exhibition of British artist Rebecca Harper.

The artist’s large-scale and lyrical paintings are rooted in an intense and rigorous practice of drawing from life. Harper interweaves these drawings with reconstructed scenes from memories, along with other mediated and second-hand imagery. Balancing both the particular and the universal, she seamlessly combines these sources to produce plausible and richly detailed scenes that often feel dreamlike in their vivid and expressionistic colour palettes.

The subjects of her recent paintings are situated in what Harper describes as “middling space”: camping, tree climbing, or mid road trip. Although visually referencing the aesthetic of the classic British holiday snapshot, the initial wistfulness found in these scenes is disrupted by the precarious or temporary nature of the situations and settings.

Harper says: “In my work semi-fictional characters travel like chameleons, morphing through varied cultures and classes, taking on different guises in different places. I hope to highlight ideas around the notion of the relationships that exist between identity and displacement.”

Concrete Shadows runs from 19 September – 12 October at Huxley-Parlour

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