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Like the tides, the jpeg image ceaselessly impresses upon us before receding into an expanse. Tomas Harker suspends such fleeting images in paint, a medium at odds with our perpetual visual consumption. Sifting through online images as anthropological fragments of our culture, he selects diverse source material to paint. High, low, iconic and banal are treated with equal importance, their hierarchies deconstructed in the process. A non-linear narrative of allegorical and aesthetic associations is created throughout, one that resists interpretation.

Within his practice, the gesture of painting has a self analytical function. Insights are unveiled and decoded both over the course of creation and during subsequent encounters with the viewer.

The brevity of Harker's brushstrokes suggest a sense of urgency, responding to our consumption and the pace of visual saturation. His economy of brushstroke, characteristically chalky palette and exposure of canvas convey the artist's internalisation and transformation of found image material.

This series of paintings puts forward an inherently self-reflexive perspective on the place of art in the midst of daily image consumption. From source to finish and from the specificity of one discipline, the work exhibited here offers a response to the 'sea' of excess which characterises modern visual culture. Through an exploration of the qualities and history of his medium, Harker questions if adding to its legacy is a wish to reappropriate its symbolic power.

Harker is currently completing is Masters degree in Painting at the Royal College of Art, London. In 2018 he was awarded the Ingram Collection Purchase Prize.

Tomas Harker
Poodle
2019, Oil on canvas, 51 x 61 cm.
Tomas Harker 
Guard Dogs
2019, Oil on canvas, 61 x 76 cm.
Tomas Harker 
Washing Hands
2019, Oil on canvas, 51 x 61 cm.
Tomas Harker
Back
2019, Oil on canvas, 51 x 61 cm.
Tomas Harker
Moths
2019, Oil on panel, 40 x 45 cm.
Tomas Harker
Lobster
2019, Oil on canvas, 51 x 61 cm.