Brent HARRIS, 'House 89' Enlarge 1 /1


Palmerston North, Aotearoa New Zealand born 1956

  • Australia from 1981

'House 89' 1989 Materials & Technique: paintings, oil on linen

Primary Insc: signed and dated verso upper left 89
Tertiary Insc: B. HARRIS/"HOUSE 89"
Dimensions: 243.5 h x 136.5 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1989
Accession No: NGA 89.1931

Around 1987, Brent Harris shifted from a highly gestural style which evoked the abstract expressionism of Jackson Pollock to a geometric abstraction limited to flat, extremely simple non-representational forms. In their blackness, pictures such as House reflected the influence of Harris’s teacher Peter Booth and also his admiration for the painters Colin McCahon, Ad Reinhardt and Ellsworth Kelly. In their muteness and austerity, these paintings deliberately flew in the face of the neo-expressionism and highly figurative work that dominated painting at the time.

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