Brent Harris: Towards the Swamp
Artist Brent Harris explores uneasy psychological states in works that are both elegant and grotesque.
Harris’s distinctive process begins with automatic drawings – a way of working that allows the subconscious to rise to the surface – which are then progressively refined: figures swim up from inky darkness and revelations appear in the sky, while narrative form begins to emerge from abstraction. Centred around his important Swamp series, the exhibition Brent Harris: Towards the Swamp explored the influence of Edvard Munch’s woodcut 'Towards the forest II' on this New Zealand-born Australian artist’s work. It included paintings and prints from a major gift to Christchurch Art Gallery, and this exhibition video in which the artist talks about the making of his work.
Brent Harris: Towards the Swamp was on display from 6 November 2019 – 23 February 2020.