Concussion forces ArtPrize artist to see in a new way. James Harvey is an American visual artist. He has always been different and because of this he has been bullied throughout his life. While on scholarship he received a BA in painting at the Rhode Island School of Design in 1987. While living and working in Mexico he sustained a concussion. He couldn’t see for a few days and his sense of smell was permanently lost. Luckily he began to regain his sight, seeing in multiple images, he started drawing and sketching his doctor, nurses, and just about anybody who came into his room. Drawing one image on top of another, on the same page. When he finally got home and feeling better he started to experiment with layers of glass, then with plexiglass and finally arriving with transparent organdy after he had witnessed a bride leaving a church who had a transparent veil over her face. Using the organdy he was able to replicate what he had experienced in the hospital. Working in multiple layers of transparent organdy and using ink and calligraphy brushes, he creates an illusion of moments of time suspended, compositions that hover between figurative and abstraction, ghost-like images that are drawn in air. Limbs and faces come into sharp focus while others disappear into the background. A sense of mystery creeps in. His work can be seen in numerous collections around the world. To learn more me and my work http://www.jamesharveyartist.com Facebook and Instagram @jamesharveyartist
James's ArtPrize Entries
These are James's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
James's Past Work
These are images of past work that James has done.