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Rebecca Harper

Huxley-Parlour Gallery is delighted to present the debut London solo exhibition of British artist Rebecca Harper

Huxley-Parlour Gallery is delighted to present the debut London solo exhibition of British artist Rebecca Harper, showcasing five large-scale paintings all produced in 2019.

Harper’s new works build and expand on themes that she has explored throughout her career, particularly ideas of displacement and nostalgia. Harper is interested in how we interact with the world around us, specifically connected to the ideas of transience and alienation.

She says: “The works contain deep echoes of a personal displacement and narrative. A storm brews, siblings drape on family trees, the figures journey from place to place much like some of my ancestors in exile.”

Harper’s work has been exhibited in a number of group shows, including at Christie’s London and New York, and Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2018. She has been awarded The Michael Moritz residency Tuscany, the Modi Institute of Fine Art, India and the ACS (Artist collecting Society) Studio Prize, 2018. 

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.”

Harper’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 many sources to produce plausible and richly detailed scenes that often feel dreamlike in their vivid and expressionistic colour palettes. 

Giles Huxley-Parlour, gallery director, says: “Rebecca Harper’s paintings are a reflection of the time we are living in; sitting between dreamscapes and reality they engage with the feeling of alienation felt by many in contemporary society.

“We are delighted to be presenting this new series which marks the artists debut London exhibition.”

The exhibition is being held between the 19th September to the 12th October, with a private viewing on Wednesday 18th September. For more information visit: www.huxleyparlour.com