“CARS” December 14 – 2017,
Royal Albert Wharf, London, E16 2QJ
“White Bentley rolling deep through the East End”
Oil, acrylic and laughing gas canisters on canvas,152cm x 121cm, 2017
An exhibition of new work by British artist Harry Cartwright (b. 1993), the artist’s first London solo show. “CARS” features work created within the last year which includes a series of paintings, a limited edition print and a large-scale video installation.
While some artists are known for a signature style, the recent work of Cartwright’s is more closely focused on the subject matter, “CARS”. Using a variety of automobiles as the catalyst for his work, the artist has created a series of bold, graphical pieces which reference advertisements, popular culture and the world of luxury vehicles.
Largely inspired by his own photographic references, the artist amalgamates multiple perspectives, compositions and styles to compose his images onto canvas. Typically large scale works which often manipulate 2D surfaces which blend collage and photography into one. “White Bentley rolling deep through the East End” is an example of this new experimentation which contains laughing gas canisters adhered onto the canvas; which emulates the current London street scene.
Americana and the sun soaked scenes of California also play a role in transporting the viewer to warmer climes. This is reflected in the earlier produced ‘photo paintings’ including “Lamborghini in Downtown Hollywood” and “Mercedes 450SL on Hewitt St”. These works incorporate the artist’s large scale 35mm photographs, pasted onto a painted extension of the scene, giving a painterly border to frame the piece. The fusion of photography and painting aims to blur the line between art and life; between fact and fiction.
Cartwright was born in Ascot, England and studied Advertising at the University of Creative Arts, Farnham (2015). Amongst others, his work has been on display at Supermark-Art, 50 Golborne Gallery (2016) and The Next Generation of Artists, The Laing Gallery (2016) and now well renowned gallery FLAT SPACE ART