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National Gallery of Victoria announces Brent Harris exhibition

The National Gallery of Victoria presents an exhibition of work by Brent Harris on view 10 MAR 2012 – 12 AUG 2012.

Brent HARRIS Mirror #2 2004 hand-coloured paper pulp with stencilling, flock and silver leaf on handmade paper 167.6 x 129.5 cm (image and sheet) National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Purchased with funds from the Victorian Foundation for Living Australian Artists, 2006 2006.176 © Brent Harris

Brent Harris is one of Australia’s leading contemporary artists. A prolific painter and printmaker, he is well known for haunting imagery that drifts between abstraction and figuration. Charged with a quiet emotional intensity, his paintings, prints and drawings are often motivated by an exploration of personal memories and the expression of psychological states. Sometimes humorous and often disturbing, they address a range of universal concerns relating to human experience: life, death, fear, doubt, spirituality and sexuality. Encompassing more than 70 works drawn predominantly from the NGV Collection, this exhibition looks at the development of Harris’s unique vision over a career of more than twenty years, exploring the ways that he has continually transformed his approach to image-making from his earliest prints and drawings to his most recent paintings. –

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