David Harrison

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About the Artist

Teetering on the cusp of ordinary perception, David Harrison’s paintings, drawings and sculptures present a world where the natural and supernatural go hand in hand. Harrison's works expand the languages of contemporary painting and sculpture, drawing into play parts of the culture which are forgotten, buried, discarded or disregarded. The artist employs all that has lain outside of the mainstream of modern art – age-old symbols and fanciful myth, irrational beliefs, traditional genres like landscape, exuberant sexuality, barbed wit, and wonder at the natural world – in order to speak vividly about our own time, and to revivify the disciplines of painting and sculpture.

  • How We Met: David Harrison and Lucinda Lambton

    How We Met: David Harrison and Lucinda Lambton

    November 29, 2015

    'Like me, Lucinda's a fan of the macabre. She was doing a book about shrines and a mutual friend told her I had a shrine to my poodle. So she came to my council flat in Bow, and I nearly killed her, as I was trying to get rid of my 1950s leopard-skin three-piece suite from the fourth floor; I threw it over the balcony just as she arrived.

     

    She was wild and excitable, and a slight lunatic, but she exuded warmth and it was love at first sight. As I never had a TV I'd never heard of her. And though she's got an elegant way of talking – she is a Lady – the rest of her is so down to earth that it's no barrier. She did the filming and the interview but afterwards she stayed in my flat for ages. She asked if I'd do her lighting for her, so I joined her going around the country taking photos of fantastic places; I got a real insider view of things…'

  • Previous exhibitions at Victoria Miro

    25 January - 18 March 2017

    House Work

    Including Mamma Andersson, Jules de Balincourt, Hernan Bas, Marc Chagall, Peter Doig, Adrian Ghenie, David Harrison, Karen Kilimnik, John Kørner, LS Lowry, Alice Neel, Celia Paul, Grayson Perry, Tal R, David Rayson, George Shaw and Cy Twombly. A group exhibition...
    Victoria Miro Mayfair
    14 November - 18 December 2015

    David Harrison

    Flowers of Evil
    In David Harrison’s third solo show with the gallery, a selection of new work presents a densely populated and fully realised universe, where the supernatural pull of the natural world is intertwined with a keen sense of modern civilisation’s insensitivities....
    Victoria Miro Gallery I
    22 June - 30 July 2010

    In the Company of Alice

    Group Exhibition
    'If you do not solve your painting problem in painting human beings, you do not solve it at all'. Gertrude Stein Hernan Bas, John Currin, Verne Dawson, Peter Doig, Marlene Dumas, David Harrison, NS Harsha, Boscoe Holder, Chantal Joffe, Karen...
    Victoria Miro Gallery I
    3 - 26 September 2009

    David Harrison

    Existence
    David Harrison's paintings, sculptures and collages make strange our relationship to the natural world. Harrison makes use of a multitude of materials and techniques, whether they be found materials or characters and stories from literature, myth, and history, to create...
    Victoria Miro Gallery I
    23 March - 23 April 2005

    David Harrison

    Harrison is an artist attracted to the day-to-day oddities that are often overlooked by most people. His paintings are populated by fantastical characters and wildlife placed in eerie, otherworldly settings. Taking traditional subjects of landscape and myth the artist creates...
    Victoria Miro Gallery I
    27 June - 15 September 2001

    Works on Paper

    Group Exhibition (From Acconci to Zittel)
    Giovanni Anselmo, Alex Katz, Lisa Yuskavage, Vito Acconci, Henry Moore, Dawn Mellor, Nicolas de Stael, Cecily Brown, Karen Kilimnik, Sue Williams, Inka Essenhigh, Rosemarie Trockel, John Currin, David Hockney David Smith, Paul Klee, Verne Dawson, Sonia Delaunay-Terk, Stephen Willats, Terry...
    Victoria Miro Gallery I
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