We are pleased to welcome artist Alexander Vernon-Harrap to the gallery. Alexander is a degree educated artist who specialises in life drawing. Fusing the traditional with the contemporary to interpret character and inner strength, he challenges conventional perceptions of body image. In this interview, we get to know Alexander a little better...
1. What is your background?
I have a First Class BA (Hons) Degree in Graphic Design and Advertising. My training was diverse and enabled me to re-direct my practise towards my passion for form and pointedly, contrapposto - creating the illusion of past and future movement and the psychological disposition. I spent my final year specialising in fine art painting and drawing the human form.
I have worked for the last 20 years as a freelancer in both London and Brighton. Whilst always working from my art studio, my own personal projects have had to exist in tandem with commercial commitments. These have been fairly diverse and have ranged from designing for drink brands including Jack Daniels, The Kraken, Red Bull and Bacardi to D&R within the music industry designing interactive games, websites and digital companion album concepts for artists including The Who, The Stone Roses and Kiss!! amongst other general album releases.
2. What are your sources of inspiration?
I take inspiration from the Vienna Succession Movement - the idea of Gesamtkunstwerk. The idea that the piece of art is informed by and includes the gesture, strength and tension of classical sculpture to the weightless beauty of botanical illustration (as one example). It is a synthesis of the arts, an embodiment of many disciplines.
3. How would you describe your art?
My artwork is concerned with the vocabulary of marks that show a fluidity and looseness of practise describing the human form. But with a powerful desire to show personality in the individual and the acceptance of received perceptions of imperfection elevating originality and uniqueness.
4. Can you tell me a little bit more about your creative process when you approached the current Life Study series which we have at the Naked Eye?
I have concentrated the last year and a half to the discipline of life drawing. There are many great classes with an extremely talented community of both artists and models to draw from within Brighton. My work has been concerned with trying to find a visual language and colour palette that can exist in harmony with the subjects. My Drawings are usually A2 and scribbled in fast pencil line. I generally find that the short pose enables an immediate and spontaneous response. The LS Series are the first exhibited works from this body of preparatory study.
5. What is it about the human body that compels you to capture it in art form?
One half - the subconscious tranquility of inner peace, and one half - the tension the conscious mind can impress onto physical appearance.
6. What do you hope viewers will take away from your artwork?
They should be seen as companion and reflection
7. How has your art evolved? How do you see it evolving in the future?
The intent for the LS Series is to evolve into textural multimedia paintings. The evolution of these works will show a multi-cultural persona drawing from all walks of life. We are a composite of our external influence and mindful free will to create and express ourselves.