Marcus Harvey

Marcus Harvey | Glass Paintings

7 April 2012 till 16 May 2012

British artist Marcus Harvey made his name at the groundbreaking “Sensation” show at London’s Royal Academy of Arts in 1997 with his unforgettable large-scale portrait of serial killer Myra Hyndley, made from child-size hand-prints. The work earned him instant national and international acclaim.

One of the first generation of Young British Artists, Harvey graduated from Goldsmiths College in 1986, and is a friend and contemporary of Damien Hirst. Artistically promiscuous, Harvey’s work has ranged from highly worked figurative paintings to vital, impastoed oils of nudes delineated by black lines known as his “Readers Wives”, playful politicised sculptures as well as a powerful mosaic image of Margaret Thatcher.

The Reflex Gallery is proud to present an exhibition of 13 paintings by Harvey, including 10 new works that have not been displayed before. This series of “glass” paintings, a theme which the artist began exploring a decade ago, is inspired by themes of domesticity and voyeurism. Through the prism of a textured glass door, intimate acts and objects are partly obscured – a woman on the toilet, a lone toilet roll, a child in a batman outfit. Some of the works, featuring masks and clowns, add another layer of disguise to unravel; in others, a candle and a skull pay homage to the Dutch tradition of still life and vanitas painting – a surprise note of gravitas.

The viewer, cast in the role of Peeping Tom, is encouraged to reread the image – which has in turn been warped both by the irregular patterned glass and the artist’s own interpretation. It is a complex painterly experience – richer than the polished photo realist image at first suggests. “The actual painting is in a sense mechanical transcription,” Harvey comments. “The exciting part is the performance behind the door.”

Humorous, intriguing and oddly recognisable – these works encourage us to recall similar intimate discoveries from our own pasts. “There is a kind of psychological familiarity with this kind of voyeuristic experience.”

Channelling Warhol, Richter and Chuck Close, this powerful, coherent series confirms Harvey as one of the UK’s most important contemporary artists.

Harvey solo exhibitions include shows at London’s White Cube Gallery (2009, 1994), Galleria Marabini, Bologna (2009, 2007, 2005) Mary Boone (2002) and Tanya Bonakdar, New York (1995). Last year, Harvey curated an exhibition at London’s Pangolin gallery entitled “Two and a Half Dimensions”, which both the sculptural side of painting and the painterly side of sculpture. This is his first solo show in the Netherlands.

Galerie Alex Daniels cordially invites you to the opening of the exhibition on Saturday, April 7th between 5 and 7 pm in the presence of the artist.

A new book with the artist’s iconic works as well as his most recent paintings will be published by Reflex Editions in conjunction with the show. Marcus Harvey will be signing copies of the book at the opening. A portfolio in a limited edition with an original print matching the show will be presented at the opening.

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Past shows (selection)

Miles Aldridge | Miles Aldridge | ART HISTORY

07-04-2018 till 22-05-2018

Keith Coventry | Keith Coventry | Junk & Pure Junk

24-02-2018 till 04-04-2018

New Beginnings

03-01-2018 till 17-02-2018

Roger Ballen | Roger Ballen – Ballenesque – a Retrospective

23-11-2017 till 30-12-2017

Unseen Photo Fair 2017

22-09-2017 till 24-09-2017

Chen Nong | Chen Nong | Silk Road

16-09-2017 till 11-11-2017

Joel Morrison | Joel Morrison | New Works

06-05-2017 till 15-08-2017

Iris Schomaker | IRIS SCHOMAKER | Come To The Edge

25-2-2017 till 26-4-2017

Unseen Photo Fair 2016

23-09-2016 till 25-09-2016

Marcus Harvey | Marcus Harvey | SHIPBUILDING | New Works

25-11-2016 till 07-01-2017

Sculpture Project Gelderlandplein | Permanently On View

Donald Baechler | Donald Baechler | New Works

16-09-2016 till 15-11-2016

Photo London 2016 Somerset House, Booth no. X2

18-05-2016 till 22-05-2016

Irina Ionesco | Irina Ionesco | Ma réalité rêvée

19-03-2016 till 10-05-2016

Unseen Photo Fair 2015

18-09-2015 till 20-09-2015

Andrew Moore | Andrew Moore | New Works from Dirt Meridian and Cuba

28-11-2015 till 20-2-2016

Todd Hido | Todd Hido|Selections From A Survey: ‘Khrystyna’s World’

12-09-2015 till 21-11-2015

Araki | Nobuyoshi Araki | Alluring Hell

06-06-2015 till 15-08-2015

Araki | Araki | August and Megumi Kagurazaka

20 December 2014 till 28 February 2015

Barry Reigate | One Cannot Get Fingerprints From A Rock

4 October 2014 till 6 December 2014

Unseen Photofair 2014

18-09-2014 till 21-09-2014

Beauty of Darkness II

21 June 2014 till 04 August 2014

Miles Aldridge | One Black & White and Twenty Four Colour Photographs

8 March till 10 May 2014

Robert Yarber | Robert Yarber | Panic Pending

06-12-2013 till 25-01-2014

Artissima 2013

08-11-2013 till 10-11-2013

Harland Miller | Harland Miller | Wherever You Are Whatever You’re Doing This One’s For You

20-09-2013 till 24-11-2013

Unseen 2013

26-09-2013 till 29-09-2013

Something Like Summer

17-07-2013 till 13-09-2013

John Copeland | All We Ever Wanted Was Everything

25-05-2013 till 16-07-2013

Hisaji Hara | Hisaji Hara | A Photographic Portrayal of the Paintings of Balthus

23-03-2013 till 11-05-2013

Arco 2013

13-02-2013 till 17-02-2013

Chen Nong | Chen Nong | Climbing To Moon

29-09-2012 till 31-12-2012

Pulse Miami Contemporary Art Fair

06-12-2012 till 09-12-2012

Daido Moriyama | Daido Moriyama | Journey For Something

19-05-2012 till 28-07-2012

Arco Madrid 2012

15-02-2012 till 19-02-2012

Roger Ballen | Roger Ballen | Animal Abstraction

12-11-2011 till 10-12-2011

Harland Miller | Harland Miller | Rocky 6

09-07-2011 till 13-09-2011

Moby | ‘Destroyed’ – Booksigning and Exhibition

31-05-2011 till 16-06-2011

Araki | Nobuyoshi Araki | It Was Once a Paradise

01-06-2011 till 16-07-2011

| John Copeland | Times of Grace

27-11-2010 till 15-02-2011

Andrew Moore | Andrew Moore | Making History

10-04-2010 till 07-06-2010

Harland Miller | Harland Miller | I’ll Never Forget What I Can’t Remember

18-09-2010 till 09-11-2010

| Kristen as seen by Miles Aldridge and Chantal Joffe

14-03-2010 till 07-06-2010

Alla Esipovich | No Comment

15-01-2010 till 13-03-2010

Contemporary and Vintage Photography

26-09-2009 till 28-11-2009

David Lachapelle | David LaChapelle | The Rape of Africa

06-06-2009 till 31-07-2009

Bill Owens | Bill Owens | Riots & New Suburbia

28-02-2009 till 04-04-2009

Miles Aldridge | Miles Aldridge | Acid Candy

03-05-2008 till 05-07-2008