Bradley Harms has been on the frontlines of the new wave of Canadian abstraction for several years. Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Harms received his BFA from the University of Calgary and his MFA from the prestigious Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been exhibited throughout North America and Europe, and his paintings can be found in many public collections such as the Canada Council’s Art Bank (Ottawa, ON), Alberta Foundation for the Arts (Edmonton, AB), the Nickle Arts Museum (Calgary, AB), University of Western Sydney (Sydney, Australia), Foreign Affairs + International Trade Canada (Ottawa, ON) and Glenbow Museum (Calgary, AB), to name a few.
Harms’ paintings continue to explore painting as a tool with which to address contemporary experience. Very close attention is paid to the material aspect of painting, which exudes a sense of technological awareness. The paintings are contemporary objects with seams and edges that are confined and exacted. The surfaces are painted with mechanical conviction, undoubtedly borrowing from the tropes of digital art. Though Harms “…enjoy(s) this mimicry, I eschew machine techniques by hand applying the delicately modulated lines, thereby trumping the manufactured aesthetic with the hand-made.”