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Spencer J. Harrison

Spencer J. Harrison

3D exhibitions

  • Spencer J. Harrison

    I'm a dreamer

    29 May 2022 – 30 May 2022

    For forty years, I have painted antiquated canoes and rowboats in imagined waterscapes as metaphors for the romance I see in our daily lives. I paint to make sense of the world around me and to remember how beautiful each moment can be. I began painting this exhibition with a fall 2019 show date planned. Then we paused. I continued to paint. With over one hundred pieces begun, I started to lean into the possibilities, see the patterns in my emotions, and the future I was determined to get to. This exhibition is focused on looking forward even through lasting threads of all we hope to have left behind.

  • Spencer J. Harrison

    Unexpected Beginnings

    24 Aug 2021 – 07 Sep 2021

    Utilizing an image which is common to my paintings of an antiquated canoe in an imagined, emotional water or landscape, as a metaphor for those around me in the world, I provide a viewer with the variety of emotions I have been navigating. The canoe is a metaphor for the figure, having ribs and acting as a container for emotions. Like us they take up space and displace the environment around them, leaving reflections, memories, or spaces for contemplation. In some, it is the space around the vessel which is most telling. For others the inside of the vessel is articulated to draw attention to those more interior feelings we carry. And for others, it is the impressions left behind in the reflections which are most significant. The vessels are always empty inviting the viewer to enter the work and experience the beauty which surrounds them. The water or landscapes are built up with layers and layers of transparencies of colour creating the space the vessels inhabit. Technically referred to as glazing, the viewer looks through these thin washes of colour which create the illusion of three-dimensional space; however, traces of the painting process exist as means of breaking these illusions, reminding the viewer that these are direct communications between us. At first the paintings are quite clear: boats in invented landscapes. However, if the viewer spends a little more time with each painting they will start to see and explore the complex codes of painting they are examining. This is an invitation into the moments and emotions which have prompted the works to be made. Even in the darker or more somber works there is always light. Sometimes it is the viewer who’s light is the source in the work. I hope these paintings will remind viewers to search for the positive and beauty in the world which can pull us through.” Spencer J Harrison

    latest works

    • Spencer J. Harrison

      Pausing, 2022
      35 x 43 inch (h x w)
      Acrylic on Handmade 100% Rag Paper
      CAD 3200
    • Spencer J. Harrison

      An Unbroken Heart, 2021
      35 x 43 inch (h x w)
      Acrylic on Handmade 100% Rag Paper
      CAD 3200
    • Spencer J. Harrison

      Re-Emergence, 2022
      35 x 43 inch (h x w)
      Acrylic on Handmade 100% Rag Paper
      CAD 3200
    • Spencer J. Harrison

      With You, 2022
      11 x 14 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Acrylic on Canvas
      CAD 850
    • Spencer J. Harrison

      Clarity, 2022
      11 x 14 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Acrylic on Canvas
      CAD 850
    • Spencer J. Harrison

      Happy, Safe, and Secure, 2022
      11 x 14 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Acrylic on Canvas
      CAD 850
    • Spencer J. Harrison

      More Than Us, 2022
      12 x 16 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Acrylic on Canvas
      CAD 1100
    • Spencer J. Harrison

      I Dream of You, 2022
      12 x 16 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Acrylic on Canvas
      CAD 1100
    • Spencer J. Harrison

      Just Rest, 2022
      12 x 16 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Acrylic on Canvas
      CAD 1100
    • Spencer J. Harrison

      Unscathed, 2022
      12 x 16 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Acrylic on Canvas
      CAD 1100
    • Spencer J. Harrison

      No More Tears, 2022
      12 x 16 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Acrylic on Canvas
      CAD 1100
    • Spencer J. Harrison

      Not Lonely, 2022
      12 x 24 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Acrylic on Canvas
      CAD 1450
    • Spencer J. Harrison

      Forgiven, 2022
      16 x 20 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Acrylic on Canvas
      CAD 1600
    • Spencer J. Harrison

      Purposefully Proceeding, 2022
      16 x 20 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Acrylic on Canvas
      CAD 1600
    • Spencer J. Harrison

      Skewed, 2022
      18 x 24 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Acrylic on Canvas
      CAD 2700
    • Spencer J. Harrison

      Unafraid, 2022
      18 x 24 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Acrylic on Canvas
      CAD 2700
    • Spencer J. Harrison

      I'm Here, 2022
      18 x 24 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Acrylic on Canvas
      CAD 2700
    • Spencer J. Harrison

      Arriving Back Home, 2022
      18 x 24 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Acrylic on Canvas
      CAD 2700
    • Spencer J. Harrison

      Towards, 2022
      18 x 24 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Acrylic on Canvas
      CAD 2700
    • Spencer J. Harrison

      Reflect, 2022
      24 x 30 x 1 inch (h x w x d)
      Acrylic on Canvas
      CAD 4200