Rendered with extreme detail and an ineffable sense of both reality and the fantastical, Harper’s works are arenas for discovery and camouflage. The visual lexicon – flashes of light from unidentified sources, the enumerable vegetal forms entwined with limbs of human anatomy, and the wan ivory vertebrae – marks the exuberance of growth as well as its inevitable companion, death and decay. It is a world known and imagined, familiar yet suspenseful, for it is the very progress of life that flourishes before our eyes.
Born in the United Kingdom in 1971, Andy Harper grew up in Torquay and studied Fine Art Painting at a Polytechnic in Brighton. He then lived in London for around 15 years, took a few Master level courses at the Royal College of Art and Middlesex University before moving to the most South Westerly town in mainland Britain, St Just. Harper co-founded Not Cut studios in London (1996-2010) and was a member of the Organising Committee for Braziers International Artist Workshop (2004-2008). Harper is a senior lecturer at Goldsmiths University teaching on the MFA Fine Art programme. He works at the iconic Porthmeor studios in St Ives and lives in St Just on the West Coast of Cornwall, facing the Atlantic Ocean. Harper has exhibited internationally, including solo shows in Seoul, Berlin, San Diego, London, and New York. Recent exhibitions include Plastic Fox and Soft Errors at Patrick Heide Gallery in London, and Sol and Referenced at Danese Corey Gallery in New York.