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Sarah Harvey focuses in her figurative paintings on the ways in which the human form is fragmented and distorted in water. Most are self portraits.
She is increasingly interested in the light, colour, and water in her paintings. The interplay between these create patterns which direct the eye away from the human figure and to surrounding areas of equal importance, she says.
Harvey is influenced by Francis Bacon’s carcass and crucifixion paintings, and the work of Jenny Saville. She aims to make paintings that arouse a sense of well being and pleasure and also suggest notions of insecurity, fantasy, and sexuality.
Her work has been exhibited in solo shows across England as well as in Canada, Singapore, and Greece.