Katharine Harvey’s paintings explore the mobile and dimensional qualities of light. Known for her paintings of water, storefront displays and reflections, Harvey’s latest works also depict electricity as a visual presence. Building images amidst thick layers of clear acrylic paint, she echoes the distortive, fluid properties of water and glass. These paintings achieve a prismatic beauty through the illusion of depth and layers of vibrant colours. Like live wires, these playful optical effects channel the visual energy of elemental forces and their abstract rhythm.
Katharine Harvey lives in Toronto and has exhibited at Cambridge Galleries in Cambridge, Ontario, York Quay Gallery in Toronto, the Painting Center in New York and the Canadian Embassy in Washington.