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SEX, LUST, DEATH AND THE MAIDEN

RICHARD HARRISON


RICHARD HARRISON

Sex, Lust, Death and The Maiden

“Sex” and its bedfellow “Lust” (one of the seven deadly sins formulated by Pope Gregory I in 590 AD from the works of the 4th century monk Evagrius Ponticus) dominate our twenty-first century world as never before. For the schoolboys and the men in macs of yesteryear, the top shelf of the local newsagent’s store was the port of call for sexually stimulating material ; now the computer that blinks in the corner of almost every family home can display an astonishing amount and array of pornographic material, or offer a myriad of sex dating sites or sex web cam rooms at the push of a button. Every night, and especially at weekends, clubs and bars in city and town centres across England throw open their doors and tempt men and women to come inside and spend money to get drunk and then hook up for sex. “Death”, the end of life, sex and lust, and perhaps just around the corner for any one of us at any given time, is seldom thought about in our western culture and is talked about even less. We still have no idea what happens, if anything, after death. We do everything we can to avoid death. Science and Medicine do their utmost to find ways and means of prolonging and preserving life at all costs.  And yet there is hardly a problem in the world that could not be dramatically helped by a substantial reduction in the human population, now at the level of a biblical plague of locusts. “Death and The Maiden” was a common motif in renaissance art, and was developed from the “Dance of Death”, an artistic genre of late medieval allegory on the universality of death : no matter who we are, what class or creed we come from, the “Dance of Death” unites us all.  The depiction by artists such as Hans Baldung of the figure of death lurking behind a beautiful maiden sought to emphasize the transitory nature of the flesh, and to remind us that the eroticism and beauty of the female form fades away to become the skeleton. This motif was picked up again in romantic art, most notably by the composer Franz Schubert, whose “String Quartet No. 14 in D Minor” of 1824, based on his earlier song “Der Tod und das Madchen” from 1817, is one of the pillars of the chamber music repertoire. Richard Harrison


This exhibition is dedicated to the memory of my mother who died on 13 November 2012


1 Eden oil, acrylic, pastel & charcoal on linen 213 x 183 cm (84 x 72 in)


2 Danse Macabre I oil & acrylic on linen 51 x 107 cm (20 x 42 in)


3 Lust oil, acrylic, pastel & charcoal on linen 180 x 150 cm (71 x 59 in)


4 Danse Macabre II oil & acrylic on linen 51 x 107 cm (20 x 42 in)


5 Death And The Maiden oil, acrylic, pastel & charcoal on linen 183 x 152 cm (72 x 60 in)


6 Danse Macabre III oil on linen 51 x 107 cm (20 x 42 in)


7 Death And His Pale Horse oil & acrylic on linen 183 x 152 cm (72 x 60 in)


8 Lust And The End Of All Flesh oil, acrylic, pastel & charcoal on linen 213 x 183 cm (84 x 72 in)


9 Rapture oil, acrylic, pastel & charcoal on linen 183 x 213 cm (72 x 84 in)


10 The Tryst oil, acrylic, pastel & charcoal on linen 213 x 183 cm (84 x 72 in)


11 From The Earth oil & acrylic on linen 71 x 122 cm (28 x 48 in)


12 Exhaustion oil, acrylic, pastel & charcoal on linen 180 x 150 cm (71 x 59 in)


13 A Kingdom Beyond The Skies oil, acrylic, pastel & charcoal on linen 153 x 244 cm (60 x 96 in)


14 Harpies oil, acrylic, pastel & charcoal on linen 153 x 244 cm (60 x 96 in)


15 Alpha oil & acrylic on linen 122 x 153 cm (48 x 60 in)


16 At The Edge oil, acrylic & charcoal on linen 100 x 90 cm (39 x 35 in)


17 The Maiden oil, acrylic, pastel & charcoal on linen 213 x 183 cm (84 x 72 in)


18 I Beheld The Mountains, And, Lo, They Trembled oil, acrylic & collage on linen 122 x 153 cm (48 x 60 in)


19 Earth oil on linen 76 x 71 cm (30 x 28 in)


20 Water oil on linen 71 x 122 cm (28 x 48 in)


21 Fire oil on linen 102 x 91 cm (40 x 36 in)


22 Omega oil & acrylic on linen 122 x 153 cm (48 x 60 in)


23 The Dark Maiden oil & acrylic on linen 90 x 100 cm (35 x 39 in)


24 Satyr oil, acrylic & charcoal on linen 90 x 100 cm (35 x 39 in)


25 Endgame oil, acrylic & charcoal on linen 100 x 90 cm (39 x 35 in)


26 Air I oil on canvas 79 x 32 cm (31 x 13 in)


27 Air II oil on canvas 79 x 32 cm (31 x 13 in)


28 Chaos oil on panel 43 x 42 cm (17 x 17 in)


29 Guardian oil on panel 41 x 38 cm (16 x 15 in)


30 Beneath The Cowl oil, acrylic & charcoal on linen 180 x 150 cm (71 x 59 in)


EDUCATION 1973 - 1976 1981 - 1983 1984 - 1987 1987 - 1988

Trinity College, Cambridge London College of Furniture Chelsea School of Art Chelsea School of Art

BA Honours Degree in History Diploma in Furniture Design BA Honours Degree in Fine Art (Painting) MA Degree in Painting

SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2011 Dea Orh Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic “Nothing Wasted” at Jamb, with Albemarle Gallery & Chenshia Museum Chenshia Museum, Wuhan, China 2010 Albemarle Gallery, London 2008 Albemarle Gallery, London 2006 Albemarle Gallery, London 2003 Albemarle Gallery, London 2002 Albemarle Gallery, London 2001 Fun Factory Gallery, London 1997 Gallery 27, London 1993 Jill George Gallery, London 1990 Berkeley Square Gallery, London GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2012 Korean International Art Fair, Seoul, South Korea with Albemarle Gallery Art Show Busan , Busan, South Korea with Albemarle Gallery “Aqueous” , Albemarle Gallery, London 2011 Korean International Art Fair, Seoul, South Korea with Albemarle Gallery “Summer Collective”, Albemarle Gallery, London “Shine Artists”, Albemarle Gallery, London 2010 John Moores Contemporary Painting Prize exhibition, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool Korean International Art Fair, Seoul, South Korea with Albemarle Gallery 2009 Two man show with Frank To, Albemarle Gallery 2008 “Summer Show”, Albemarle Gallery, London “Art London”, Business Design Centre with Albemarle Gallery 2007 “Summer Show”, Albemarle Gallery, London Newcastle Gateshead Art Fair with Albemarle Gallery, London 2006 “Summer Show”, Albemarle Gallery, London “10 th Anniversary Show”, Albemarle Gallery, London 2005 “Winter Show”, Albemarle Gallery, London “Summer in the City”, Albemarle Gallery at Holman, Fenwick & Willan, London 2004 “Summer Exhibition”, Pontone Fine Art at Holman, Fenwick & Willan, London “Summer Show”, Albemarle Gallery at Holman, Fenwick & Willan, London “Art London”, Business Design Centre with the Albemarle Gallery 2003 “Winter Show”, Albemarle Gallery, London Morley Printmakers, St Bride’s Print Library, London “Made at Morley”, Morley Gallery, London “New Year New Work”, Albemarle Gallery, London 2001 “Network Art Exhibition”, Albemarle Gallery, London 1999 Metropolis Gallery, Melbourne, Australia “Art for Youth”, Mall Galleries, London 1994 Manchester Art Fair with The Jill George Gallery, London 1993 Chicago Art Fair with The Berkeley Square Gallery, London 1992 William Mora Gallery, Melbourne, Australia 1991 Berkeley Square Gallery, London PUBLIC COLLECTIONS 1989 Berkeley Square Gallery, London Associated Newspapers Ltd. New English Art Club, Mall Galleries, London Priory Church of St. Bartholomew the Great, London “Britain’s Painters”, Mall Galleries, London Liverpool Anglican Cathedral Pomeroy Purdy Gallery, London Unex Group Leicester Council Exhibition, England Chenshia Museum, Wuhan, China 1988 “Young Masters”, The Kunsthaus, Augsburg, Germany Orb Estates, London 1987 Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Mall Galleries, London Mirabaud Holdings, London “Young Masters”, The Solomon Gallery, London Farhat Museum, Beirut, Lebanon 1985 Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London


Š Albemarle Gallery MMXIII


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