Katharine Harvey is known for her vivid use of colour and dynamic portrayal of light. Through a myriad of layered brushstrokes, she portrays the liminal space between abstraction and representation, or between reality and imagination. Her paintings, installations, and public artworks organically inform one another as she shifts between different creative processes. Harvey received critical acclaim for a series of public sculptures made of thousands of single-use plastic containers stitched into massive waterfalls and chandeliers. Harvey’s public art commission, Gardiner Streams (2015), is a 74-foot long photographic collage of blurred car headlights facing the Gardiner expressway in downtown Toronto.
Katharine Harvey was born in Toronto in 1963. She completed her MFA at the University of Victoria and her BFA Honours at Queen’s University. Her paintings and installations have been exhibited across Canada including the MacLaren Art Centre in Barrie, Ontario, and New York, Los Angeles, Monterey Bay, Washington, D.C. and Hamburg, Germany. Her work is included in many prominent private, public, and corporate collections including BMO Financial Group, Canada Council Art Bank, Scotiabank and Manulife.