Published on 6/09/2017
THE GALLERY is populated by a cast of intriguing characters this month.
Garry Harper has always been fascinated by film and the moving image. A graduate of Glasgow School of Art, his fascination led him to work as a designer for television for 20 years before taking the leap to paint full-time. His love of film is apparent in much of his work as he creates paintings full of drama and light and shade.
We have exhibited Garry Harper's work for a number of years and it is always fascinating to visit his Glasgow studio. There are arresting images on the walls, some on a grand scale, studies on his easel and all sorts of work in progress; we are delighted to now have the opportunity to host a solo show of his work for the first time.
Garry particularly enjoys painting figures and his figures always suggest a narrative. You could weave a different story each time you look at one of his paintings — the only limit is your imagination. The figures may be inspired by real people but they are not portraits, rather they speak to the human condition.
His paintings often have a visceral impact with strong colours and striking forms; others are softer, evoking glamour and nostalgia. They are never glitzy or tawdry.
He aims to evoke memories and capture glimpses of the past that he hopes spark the viewer's imagination providing the first steps of a story. You can tell he loves to paint and loves to experiment. He is never tied down to one style or one subject, he enjoys embracing new techniques and trying out new materials. A number of his paintings use gold leaf to great effect.
As well as figures, Garry enjoys painting landscapes and still life. There are two striking paintings of lighthouses in the exhibition and also seascapes.
It is a wonderful exhibition to become immersed in, to let your imagination flow among his cast of characters.
GARRY HARPER — The First Steps of a Story runs from 3 to 26 September.