ARTIST TALK | Andy Harwood

Artist Talk | 2:00pm - 3:00pm, Saturday, May 27th, 2023
Location | Studio Gallery, 7d Wandoo Street, Fortitude Valley



Studio Gallery is thrilled to host an intimate artist talk featuring the acclaimed Australian artist, Andy Harwood. With over 15 years of experience exhibiting his work, Harwood has established a disciplined and meticulous practice in which he expresses emotion through a visual language of geometric and non-representational form.

The talk will revolve around two central topics: Balancing Chaos and Order and The History of Hard-Edge/Op Art Painting and Andy's Approach to this Art Movement. Harwood's paintings conceptualize the sensation of a brain in flux between chaos and order, exploring the capacity for the structures of mathematical geometry to evoke emotive responses in the viewer.

Harwood's approach to the hard-edge/op art painting movement is a key topic of discussion. He draws attention to the interaction of shape, size, positioning, and space, to create an overriding sense of balance and proportion. The compositions are derived mathematically, and the contrasting chromatic spectrums, intricate patterns, and distorted straight lines challenge the viewer to engage in new and different visual narratives. Harwood charges his paintings with energy and movement by applying underpainting with diverging textural layering. His exacting patterns interweave across the canvas, interlayering foreground and background to misdirect the gaze and deflect the viewer from a central focal point.

This intimate artist talk promises to be a fascinating and insightful exploration of the interplay between order and chaos in art, and how mathematical geometry can be used to create emotional responses in the viewer. Harwood's approach to the hard-edge/op art painting movement is an excellent example of how artists can explore the relationship between forms and structures to create a sense of balance and proportion. We invite you to join us for what is sure to be an engaging and thought-provoking event.

Styled by Karin Bochnik, Photography by Timothy Kaye for CJH Studio