Mixed Media Artist
Mixed Media Artist
Harry Whale (b. 1987 Edinburgh) is a contemporary artist whose ongoing artistic series explores figurative abstraction with a focus on metaphorical narratives, which are further amplified through visceral colour harmonies. While many elements are true to reality and show traditional processes, some distortions, exaggerate the emotional significance of the moment: connection, loss, vulnerability, or loneliness. This juxtaposition between vibrance and darkness is what makes it memorable. Experimental Harry’s art is carried out with oil on canvas, metal, resin, acrylic, ink, and collage through washes, drips, drops, gestural and expressive mark-making. These multi-layered compositions reflect the accumulation of Harry’s memories as they are translated into painted form. After studying Modern and Contemporary Art at MoMA, NYC, Harry went traveling around USA and Europe, where she found her current home in Bergamo, Italy. The work Displacement allows us to admire the use of oil and collage, particularly of materials such as buttons, wood, fabrics, and paper. What the viewer sees is a human figure against a dark background with reddish hues, the hair is the result of a mixture of differently shaped and coloured buttons, while the eyes, nose and mouth are the result of paper collage. The neck and torso are also made from paper collages of different origins. The gaze is absorbed, the eyes are turned upwards, and the mouth is closed. With the work We who are not from others, however, we have a different kind of representation. This time, in fact, the artist has used acrylic together with the collage technique, along with buttons, paper and trumpet, on a metal support. What returns as a leitmotif is the human figure, in this work in profile, not explicitly defined. In the place of the eye a flower, in the place of the ear a small trumpet, and all over the rest of the face, the head and the torso traces of colour and buttons. The back-ground stands out and is bright pink. At the height of the nose stands out a white rectangle in relief, while on the opposite side, at neck height, we see an orange planet with clouds and a fish, the result of a collage. Finally, the work A taste of passion, quite different from the two previous works, is made with ink on paper. Minimalist and essential, the work depicts part of a woman's face; the eyes are not visible. The woman bites her lower lip and moves her hair behind her ear with her left hand.