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SELECTED WORKS BY Marcus Harvey

Study For Broken Lock
Marcus Harvey
Study For Broken Lock

2000

oil, acrylic and fibreglass on canvas

198.2 x 198.2 cm
Created with paint and fibreglass impasto, Marcus Harvey’s Study for Broken Lock combines the idealised aesthetics of high art with gritty realism. The materiality of the painting’s textured surface draws the viewer further into the illicit scene, the desire to look heightened with the desire to touch. Using the mimetic qualities of his medium, Harvey chisels graffiti, and inlays ‘tiles’, and renders the loo bog-grimy; only the thin-stencilled lines give solidified form to his painterly composition. Flirting between abstraction and peepshow, Harvey resituates theviewer’s gaze as something voyeuristic and self-conscious.
Half way up
Marcus Harvey
Half way up

1993

oil on canvas

213 x 213cm
Doggy
Marcus Harvey
Doggy

1993/4

oil on canvas

213 x 213cm
Dudley, like what you see? Then call me.
Marcus Harvey
Dudley, like what you see? Then call me.

1996

acrylic on canva

198 x 198cm
Go Go Go
Marcus Harvey
Go Go Go

1994

oil and acrylic on canvas

244 x 244cm
Ma Ma
Marcus Harvey
Ma Ma

1995

oil and acrylic on canvas

230 x 230cm
Myra
Marcus Harvey
Myra

1995

acrylic on canvas

396 x 320cm
Proud of his wife
Marcus Harvey
Proud of his wife

1994

oil and acrylic on canvas

198 x 198cm
Golden Showers
Marcus Harvey
Golden Showers

1993

acrylic on canvas

244 x 244 cm
Combining the unlikely styles of hard-edged graphics and painterly abstraction, Marcus Harvey’s Golden Showers draws from the aesthetic associations of expressionism and pop. Capturing the violent energy of De Kooning’s women, Harvey sets his canvas in the field of psychological self-consciousness, pervading the image with unrestrained emotion. Overlaid with a sexy stylised outline reminiscent of Patrick Caulfield, Harvey’s painting balances between idealised glamour and guttural instinct.
Julie From Hull
Marcus Harvey
Julie From Hull

1994

oil and acrylic on canvas

244 x 244 cm
Taking his images sources from home-brew porn magazine Reader’s Wives, Marcus Harvey’s early canvases use paint as a means to explore the concept of excess. Replicating smutty urgency, Harvey’s Julie from Hull is bathed in frenzied gushy pink, a dirty allurement promising fleshy debauchery. Using a heavy black line over a thick expressionist ground, Harvey’s graphic form becomes both container and barrier of over-indulgence, the promise of gratification monumentalised and ever distant.
My Arse is Yours
Marcus Harvey
My Arse is Yours

1993

oil on canvas

213 x 213 cm
Through his paintings Marcus Harvey explores pornography as a phenomenon of frustration. Using the instantaneity of paint, Harvey builds his canvases up as raw explosions, his brushwork capturing the urgency and sheer physicality of sexual fixation. Tracing over his gestures with images taken from top-shelf zines, Harvey places his desire in the teasing world of pop, uniting detached graphic image and aggrandised emotion as a parody of media portrayal and Pavlovian response.
Readers Wife I
Marcus Harvey
Readers Wife I

1993

oil on canvas

213 x 213 cm
Depicted with the stark outlines of graphic arts and instructional manuals, Marcus Harvey’s x-rated reproductions become neutral instigators of interpretive response. Empty and generic, they offer sex as a commodified banality onto which all manner of fantasy is projected. Placed over highly emotive backgrounds, Harvey activates these images with tragic-comic fervour. The crotch-shot in Reader’s Wife 1 conveys all the excitement and pathos of amateur porn: clumsy, naïve, and filthy to the core, Harvey’s painterly response both mimics and exceeds pornographic expectation.

Marcus Harvey's BIOGRAPHY

1963
Born in Leeds

Currently lives and works in London


SOLO EXHIBITIONS



2005
Marcus Harvey, Mimmo Scognamiglio, Naples
The Führer's Cakes, Galleria Marabini, Bologna

2002
Marcus Harvey, Mary Boone Gallery, New York
Marcus Harvey, Vedovi Fine Art, Brussels

1996
Marcus Harvey, Vedovi Fine Art, Brussels

1995
Marcus Harvey, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York

1994
Snaps, White Cube, London

1993
Marcus Harvey, Cohen Gallery, New York


GROUP EXHIBITIONS



2005
London Calling. Young British Artists Criss-Crossed, Galleri Kaare Berntsen, Oslo

2002
Closer, Standpoint Gallery, London

2001
Happy the World so Made, The Nunnery, London

2000
MoMa. A Thick Bloke Kicking a Dog to Death, The International 3 Summer Fête, Fairfield, Manchester
Sex and the Britsh, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg; Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris
Out There, White Cube2, Hoxton, London

1999
Now It's My Turn to Scream. Works by Contemporary British Artists from the Logan