Within Tomas Harker's practice, the gesture of painting has a function akin to self-analysis. 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 agency, 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.
The seemingly unconnected nature of his subject matter speaks of the way he encounters and collects it via the vast chasm of social media. This boundless vacuousness of the ocean of information we are barraged with online daily obscures significance through its sheer size, blinding us with information.
Heterogeneous found contemporary imagery is appropriated and repositioned, and thus given new meaning, whilst more classical themes are explored in the inverse - by obscuring their historical and cardinal significance.
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.
A Sea In SuspenseA solo show by Tomas Harker 25 May 2019A Sea in Suspense brings together a new body of work by Ingram Collection Purchase Prize awardee Tomas Harker. Like the tides, the ubiquitous 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...
A Interview with Tomas Harkerby Jemma Hickman January 12, 2021Tell us about your experience of 2020? Has the pandemic and subsequent lockdown changed the way you work or think about your practice? No one could have predicted the pandemic, but by the start of 2020 there was a zeitgeist in art capturing a kind of looming sense of dread. The theme of catastrophe has always captured our imagination in popular media also, but it seems the apocalyptic film/series genre has reached a peak, predictably tracing the same story lines. When all of these things started to happen its...