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PAT HARRIS: THE LOOSE BOX

12 Sep 2008 – 4 Oct 2008

Purdy Hicks Gallery

London, United Kingdom

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Pat Harris's paintings exude a perfectly quiet beauty. There is an apparent simplicity in his work as a result of his choice of subject -a single object or a few flowers, but also due to the assuredness and freshness of his paintwork and the subtle colour changes he uses in such a suggestive way. His flowers may appear to stand still and alone, but are very much alive. The objects in his paintings may all stand upright on the same ground, against the same wall, with the same light coming from the top right corner. However, each of them has its own rate of vibration, leaves a different shadow on the wall, a different impression on the object's surroundings. Pat Harris does not paint a thing, he paints the aura of the object, it's pulse, it's gleam, the precise place where it ceases to be itself and begins to become something else. They all share an origin in the purplish shadows at the bottom of the object, where gravity and light hold them in their allotted places. But they do not stay there, they strain at their edges, attempt to float away, and this is why the stems and stalks at the top almost disappear.

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