garry l. harwood
Basically, I'm a traditional (some might say "old-fashioned") painter with an interest in various scientific disciplines.
I have always believed that the starting point for all creative work must be the idea. This may come from within or from outside, although the fact remains that even those more abstract ideas that do come from within are initally fuelled from experience of the natural world. The image I see either in my mind's eye or in nature is what generates the excitement and thus the energy to create a painting.
For me, painting or drawing is also first and foremost about seeing, about observing. Merely look at an object, and one will see it superficially -- indeed as most people see it, but draw or paint it and one will begin to discover ever-deeper layers of complexity and beauty. I create drawings, notes, and plein air paintings while on location which I later use to inform my larger-scale canvases in the studio. As a result, my work is a distillation of time, memory, and a close observation of the natural world. I hope to share this vision with others.
Garry L. Harwood is an oil painter born in 1959 in London, England. He initially studied for a career as a marine biologist and physical oceanographer, and began painting full time in 2009 following two decades working in the jewellery industry.
His interest in the natural and physical sciences and the role played by the artist in the visualization of scientific data and its communication to the public occasionally influences his work. His paintings have been exhibited in Europe, Chile, the USA, and in the UK with the Royal Society of Marine Artists, and Chelsea Art Society amongst others. A number of his paintings are held in the permanent collections of public institutions and owned by private collectors worldwide.
A Fellow of the International Association of Astronomical Artists, he presently lives and works on the wild, Atlantic-facing coastlne of the West Penwith peninsula at the extreme western tip of Cornwall, UK.
2013,"Spring Rushes In",mixed show, Bank Square Gallery, St. Just, Cornwall UK.
2012, "Late Summer Light",mixed show, Bank Square Gallery, St. Just, Cornwall UK.
2009, "Gods and Planets", two man show for the International Year of Astronomy, Corineum Museum, Cirencester, UK.
2009, Group show at UNESCO, for International Year of Astronomy, Paris, France.
2008, "Destination Mars". Group show at First International Conference on Phobos and Deimos, NASA AMES Research Centre, California, USA.
2007, Group show with the International Association of Astronomical Artists. British Interplanetary Society, London, UK.
2006, Chelsea Art Society, Annual Open Art Exhibition, Chelsea Old Town Hall, Chelsea, UK.
2005, Group show, DPS Cambridge, The Lawson Gallery, Cambridge, UK.
2005, Group show, "Space" at The Place, Letchworth, UK.
2004, Chelsea Art Society, Annual Open Art Exhibition, Chelsea Old Town Hall, Chelsea, UK.
2003, Chelsea Art Society, Annual Open Art Exhibition, Chelsea Old Town Hall, Chelsea, UK.
2003, "Painting the Universe." Group show with the International Association of Astronomical Artists. Museum of Science and Technology, Manchester, UK.
1999, "Visions of the Atacama." Invited one man show at the European Southern Observatory, La Serena, Chile, South America.
1998, Royal Society of Marine Artists, Annual Open Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London, UK.
1996, Group show with the International Association of Astronomical Artists. Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.
1994 One man show "Travels in a thin country: An English artist in Chile." Museo Nacional de Belles Artes, Santiago, Chile, South America.
1989 Royal Society of Marine Artists, Annual Open Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London, UK.
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