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Harriet White

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Harriet White was born in Taunton in 1979 and studied at Falmouth Art College then Bath Spa University, graduating in 2001. She has exhibited extensively, mostly around the UK in commercial galleries and national museums, has twice had work included in the BP Portrait Award and twice in the Holburne Portrait Prize. In 2013 she was shortlisted for the Threadneedle Prize for Painting and Sculpture. She lives and works in Bristol, UK.

 

“My work involves large scale paintings reflecting conflicting senses of intimacy and glamour. The staged set-up and synthetic colour serve to emphasise the artifice, detaching the paintings from reality and suggesting a parallel world of Hollywood cinema and high-gloss fashion photography. These are not portraits in a traditional sense; the subject is the source photograph and the model’s role is that of an actor, there is nothing more than a suggestion of vulnerability, of the character beneath the veneer. I like the idea that there can exist an ambiguity and contradiction in the work, that it can be at once glamorous and intimate, intimidating and voyeuristic.”

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