An exhibition exhibiting a selection of artwork from Phillip Harris
Phillip achieved his BA degree in Graphic Arts at the University of East London 2007.
His work pays special attention to the unique and diverse nature of mimicry and how it marks us out as individuals.
He is drawn towards the intriguing story that lies behind a fleeting glance or beaming grin that can be instantly captured within a single static frame.
Having a broad fascination for and the ability to draw an abundance of things from buildings to landscapes to animals, the subject of the human face is something that he found the most challenging. Marked with the frustration of not feeling confident to draw what was most fascinating to him, the human face, in particular the live quality of human expression; then his work came to focus solely on the study of human emotion.
In order to achieve a natural and unforced quality in his subjects, he takes photos without the subject's knowledge. This method has produced a more honest portrait; and he finds when completing the portraits more of the subject's personality begins to shine through.
His interest in iconic figures delves into the credibility of public expression and the extent to which the truth is conveyed within the public arena.
He uses Pencils or black acrylic paints to accomplish the desired affect for his portraits. Giving his subjects a play of shadow and light as well as accentuating human emotion.
Past exhibitions include venues such as The Brick Lane gallery, Redgate Gallery and The Art Experience.