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Kelvin Harvey
( United Kingdom )

Design; Dessin; Technique Mixte; Multimédia; Peinture; Photographie; Impression; Sculpture


Profile de Kelvin Harvey

Kelvin Harvey


I started in my late career outside of art to formalise my interest, initially through design, in particular interior design. The processes involved   assignments or commissions which would later come to help to formulate critical aspects of my practice as an artist and maker today, such as the need for form, colour balance and harmony and particularly the nature and properties of materials.

My initial interest started with ceramics, the texture and endless possibilities of the material, from the rough textural quality of earthenware clays to the strength and simple beauty that porcelain affords. This was explored firstly through an HND Ceramics, glass and metals course at the Plymouth College of Art. It allowed the exploration of material and form across a wide range, often using abstract sculptural forms combining clay, metal and wood. This continued on to BA (hons), which afforded me the time to develop my thought processes, investigate more fully the contemporary as well as the historical aspects of visual and applied art. The result of which allowed me to push the boundaries of materials used, both in the abstract sculptural sense whilst at the same time allowing me to treat the material surface as a canvas.

As a result my current practice is mainly centred on painting, continuing to apply the techniques previously acquired. I use material to inform my work in an intuitive way, whilst colour, expresses the mood, during the engagement process on the canvas surface. I am currently influenced by the so-called ‘New York School’ of American artists of the 1950’s and 60’s, particularly Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline and Robert Motherwell, also a longstanding interest in Japanese aesthetics. My way of making could be described thus,

The doing is the thinking. The thinking is the doing. It is by painting

the canvas, or making, in my case ceramics, that the entire act as

expression and knowledge takes place, and takes its rightful place.

In other words to quote Robert Motherwell, “The activity itself is the point, more than the product, which is simply its record”.

Kelvin Harvey

March 2009.  


Comments received

  • Cool, I like the picture! :)
    Khan343 - 30/10/2010 22:58:43

  • Moorland serie also
    lanhor - 15/04/2010 16:18:40

  • Imagined city to
    lanhor - 15/04/2010 16:17:57

  • i love this work
    lanhor - 15/04/2010 16:16:36

  • This really is my favorite... warm colors and movement we results in a world extolling..
    Best regards
    artbea - 22/03/2010 14:24:03

  • Mad Hour is my favorite one! Thank you for sharing it.
    Yazz - 28/02/2010 18:58:44

  • Very good your serie "Red splatter"...
    ESTEBENET - 03/01/2010 13:21:51

  • Good work, successful, creative, beautiful!! Especially "Bottle I" and "Bottle V" for me. Jc.
    Tranxene - 24/09/2009 17:59:18

  • "Crack and peel" is my favorite!! Excellent work!!!!
    katrina - 23/09/2009 07:26:47

  • Great work
    pierrardbabyrini - 22/09/2009 22:00:26

Comments sent

  • HI
    Thank you for your kind comments on my gallery, much appreciated.
    regards kelvin
    Kelvinharvey - 25/05/2009 22:06:20

  • Very expressive, you can almost smell the saltwater.
    Kelvinharvey - 25/05/2009 22:03:23

  • The Swallow and the Fate, simplicity and beauty at a stroke, thank you.
    Kelvinharvey - 17/05/2009 15:25:38

  • Lyrical use of colour and shape.
    Kelvinharvey - 11/05/2009 14:07:57

  • Welcome from another colour slosher
    Kelvinharvey - 11/05/2009 14:01:29

  • Interesting effects acheived, what medium are you using.
    Kelvinharvey - 09/05/2009 18:22:16

  • I love the abstract quality of your photos, full of movement and a playful sense of joy.
    Kelvinharvey - 06/05/2009 21:51:59

  • Very expressive marks, echo's of JMW Turner.
    Kelvinharvey - 06/05/2009 21:48:48

  • Excellent work, very expressive use of tone and shading.
    Kelvinharvey - 06/05/2009 21:43:45


Fragment 4
6:25 H.
No Title
Carlos Albert
Tagonius 002
Carlos Albert
Carlos Albert
Baluarte 006
Carlos Albert
Baluarte 003
Shefqet Avdush Emini
Shefqet Avdush Emini
Shefqet Avdush Emini
Simona Bazgan
Echelle 4
Simona Bazgan
Simona Bazgan
Noeuds et Signes 3
nese baydar
nese baydar
Julie Cruchten
The Big Kiss
Mark Thompson
Into the Starless...
josiane monard
Gila Paris
Image 16 - Waiting
Gila Paris
Image 03
Alan Reullier
une beauté naturelle
Cryptage 2 - détail
lu sen
The Fate
lu sen
The Swallow
verna vogel
The World is Full...
Spring Flowers
Gila Paris
New York Intermezzo...
Gila Paris
A detail
Gila Paris
Beautiful Bronx
Gila Paris
Going to Dumbo