Brent Harris @ Saul Steed

An afternoon with Brent Harris

Saturday 24 February 2024 - Saturday 24 February 2024

Join us in the Museum for a conversation with artist Brent Harris. Harris will discuss his life, art practice, and art-historical influences such as Colin McCahon, Kiki Smith, Edvard Munch and Louise Bourgeois in this intimate conversation with TarraWarra Museum of Art Director, Dr Victoria Lynn.

One of Australia’s leading contemporary artists, Harris is well known for his haunting imagery that is charged with emotional and psychological intensity. Through his paintings, prints and drawings, Harris explores themes such as psychology and the subconscious realm; spirituality and religion; narrative and allegory; and the idea of searching for the self. His works dwell somewhere between abstraction and peculiar figuration, incorporating elements of the surreal, such as automatic drawing and uncanny distillation of the figure. Immaculate surfaces, pristine edges and cropped forms are dominant features of his work.

Entry to the exhibition Brent Harris: Surrender & Catch, curated by Maria Zagala and co-presented with the Art Gallery of South Australia is included in your ticket.

The event will be followed by a Q&A with the audience and refreshments at 4pm courtesy of our sponsors.

Brent Harris was born in Palmerston North, Aotearoa in 1956. He completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts in 1984 and has exhibited extensively since the mid-1980s. Recent exhibitions include the survey Brent Harris: The Other Side at Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tamaki, 2023, and group exhibition Monster Theatres: Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, 2020.

Saturday 24 Feb 3-4pm

* Note the talks will take place in our main gallery, which will be closed to the general public from 3pm on this date. Your ticket includes exhibition entry, talks and light refreshments at 4pm.



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Brent Harris: Surrender & Catch

  • Past Exhibitions
  • 2 December 2023 - 11 March 2024
This exhibition, curated by Maria Zagala, explores the work of senior contemporary Australian artist Brent Harris. Moving between figuration and abstraction, Harris deploys both humour and the grotesque to examine psychological subject matter and visualise his complex and contradictory feelings. Indeed, the exhibition title refers to Harris’ interest in sociologist Kurt H. Wolff’s notion of […]
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