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Family portraits go on show at University’s Norman Rea Gallery

Posted on 22 April 2013

A collection of oil paintings depicting members of artist Harvey Taylor's family will go on show at the Norman Rea Gallery at the University of York.

Winter Phoebe by Harvey Taylor

The large-scale portraits, produced over a period of four years, are scaled up from digital photographs taken by the artist.

The free exhibition, Portraits, opens on Tuesday, 30 April and is curated by Mayssa Kachicho, an undergraduate student in the University’s York Management School and Director of the gallery.

Artist Harvey Taylor said: “I work from a large digital print which is gridded up and then only look at a small part of the image at a time, building up the painting very gradually. I am dissecting the photograph and transforming it into paint a small bit at a time, which builds up into a complex image. The result is a photorealistic painting, but up close, the viewer is aware of the abstract qualities that are present, especially in the depiction of hair.”

We are very pleased to host this exciting new exhibition of large-scale portraits, which are tributes to those closest to the artist

Mayssa Kachicho

The Norman Rea Gallery is run entirely by students at the University of York. Situated above The Courtyard in Derwent College, the gallery hosts exciting exhibitions throughout the year and promotes the work of both student and professional artists. The gallery hosts three exhibitions a term with lectures, seminars and events. 

Mayssa Kachicho said: “We are very pleased to host this exciting new exhibition of large-scale portraits, which are tributes to those closest to the artist.”

Harvey Taylor, who graduated from Winchester School of Art in 1993, is based in Colchester. His work was recently shown at the Eastern Open in Kings Lynn, and in 2011 he won the Wyss Painting Prize.  

The Portraits exhibition is free and open to all. Following an opening event on Monday, 29 April from 7-9pm, it will be on show until 15 May weekdays from 9am to 5pm. For further information visit www.thenormanreagallery.co.uk/

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