Balancing both the particular and the universal, Rebecca Harper (born 1989) seamlessly combines diverse sources to produce plausible and richly detailed scenes that often feel dreamlike in their vivid and expressionistic colour palettes.
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Early Life and Training
Rebecca Harper was born in 1989 in London. She studied Drawing and Applied Arts at UWE Bristol, graduating in 2011. She went on to study at The Royal Drawing School from 2012-2014 and Turps Art School from 2016-2018.
Style and Practice
Harper is an important figure amongst emerging artists who explore new approaches to figurative painting. Harper’s large-scale and lyrical paintings are rooted in a practice of drawing intensely from life. She interweaves these drawings with reconstructed scenes from memories, along with other mediated and second-hand imagery. Balancing both the particular and the universal, Harper seamlessly combines these many sources to produce plausible and richly detailed scenes that often feel dreamlike in their vivid and expressionistic colour palettes.
Since 2014, Harper has taught through the Royal Drawing School at various London institutions including The Saatchi Gallery, The V&A Museum of Childhood, the Southbank Centre and The National Gallery.
Selected Exhibitions and Awards
Harper’s work has been exhibited in a number of prestigious group shows including the 2019 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and Bloomberg New Contemporaries, South London Gallery in 2018. She has been awarded the Michael Moritz residency in Tuscany, as well as at the Modi Institute of Fine Art, India, The Ryder Project Studio Prize and the Artist Collecting Society Studio Prize in 2018. Her work is held in a number of private and public collections, including the Ruth Borchard Collection, Dumfries House Collection and the Royal Collection. She lives and works in London.
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