Norrie Harman

Works | Biography
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Norrie Harman was born in 1977 and studied fine art at Edinburgh College of Art, graduating in 2001 having won The Scottish Royal Academy Latimer award for outstanding young Scottish painter. His haunting and mysterious images are beautifully executed and testimony to the traditional skills learnt at Edinburgh College along with years of drawing from life. Influenced by Francis Bacon and German Expressionists such as Max Beckmann the work of Norrie Harman questions the values of our commodity driven culture and explores the fragility of modern life.

In 2006 we held our first solo exhibition for Norrie Harman. In her catalogue essay Justine Brooks wrote: “There is an undeniable rawness about Norrie Harman’s work. The work is dark and brooding, jaggedy and sometimes representational. Images are often left in an unfinished state: surfaces are scratched and streaked giving them a sense of urgency. And thematically Harman is not interested in niceties either. Like Francis Bacon, or German Expressionists such as Max Beckmann, he brings a grotesqueness to his work that makes it powerfully haunting, mysterious and accentuates the rawness of his technique. He is interested in displacement, people on the edge of society, the fringes, outcasts. He paints discarded places and discarded people. It is likely that the urge to confront this subject matter comes from a childhood growing up on an estate on the outskirts of Edinburgh.”

Simon Hester writes “Norrie Harman’s work reminds us that we live in a materialistic, consumer-led culture, where what is seen to have value or beauty one day, can be forsaken the next. His subject matter is a world of abandoned fairgrounds and emaciated greyhounds. Crumbling Brutalist architecture and graffiti-covered swimming pools. Then there are the people. Scarred boxers and hard dodgem boys stare impassively and yet Harman emotes their vulnerability. He asks us to look harder at his subject and thus reminds us of our shared humanity.”

Dawn Caravan

Oil on board

sold
dodgemboy

Dodgem Donkey Boy

Oil on paper. Date 2015.

£2950
whitehorses

Screaming Carousel Horses

Oil on paper. Date 2015.

£2950
abandonedpool

Abandoned Pool

Oil on paper. Date 2015

£2950
Villa&pool

Villa and Pool

Oil on paper. Date 2015.

£1500
garage1

Garage Carcass 1pm

Oil on paper. Date 2015.

£1500
abandonedgarage1

Garage Carcass 6am

Oil on paper. Date 2015.

£1500
IMAG0664

Agitated Man

Charcoal and pencil on paper. Date 2015

£950
IMAG0660

Frog

Oil on panel. Date 2015

sold
IMAG0663

Heart Tattoo

Charcoal, pencil and oil on paper. Date 2015

£950
IMAG0662

Roller Coaster

Charcoal and pencil on paper. Date 2015

£850
IMAG0659

Staring Man

Oil on paper. Date 2015

sold
hotelmannequin

Hotel Mannequin

Oil on paper. Date 2015

sold
Red Window

Red Window

Oil on paper. Date 2015

sold
Capri Garage

Capri Garage

Oil on paper. Date 2015

sold