About Me

And why I make art

My work is abstract and fundamentally minimalistic by nature and is characterized by experimental studies in color, form and movement. I work in series, with a distinct basic concept at the foundation of each set. Subsequently, I discover on the canvas how challenges are overcome and choices for artistic solutions are found, within the boundaries of the original concept.

By mirroring, tilting, moving, repeating, and partly repainting shapes, a layered image with often powerful (though sometimes subtle) contrasts in color arise. Herein, I seek harmony between shape/residual form, foreground/background, movement/countermovement, and flat/spacious. 

During the process of painting, I combine wall paintings with existing paintings, and paintings with screen prints and other graphic pieces. This leads to a question as to what a painting is; what the limits to a painting are and what a painting could be. Cutting, folding, reusing and positioning canvasses in a certain way can transform paintings to objects. This operation of reselecting and rearranging shape and color, both within the painting and within the selection of composite elements, is central to the eventual look and necessity of the painting.

Harry Markusse, 2019.