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Beautifully Abstract Paintings of Swimmers in Glistening Pools

London-based artist Sarah Harvey submerges figures in pools of water in her ongoing series of oil paintings. The glistening, multifaceted images have a beautiful and abstract quality to them. Our vantage point is above the liquid, and this has a great affect on how we see Harvey's subjects. Hands, legs, feet, and hair often appear as fleeting, unrecognizable shapes that are obscured by swirls and ripples.

Harvey's paintings were originally inspired by a green swimming pool she discovered when traveling to Italy in 2003. Now, they're based on photographs that she directed and then manipulated. These works are not only abstract in their style, but Harvey intends them to conjure a myriad of feelings and emotions. She explains in an artist statement, “I aim to create paintings that arouse both a sense of well being and pleasure, whilst simultaneously suggesting notions of insecurity, fantasy and sexuality.”

A selection of Harvey's work is on view at Collectors Contemporary until the end of April.

Sarah Harvey website
via [Faith is Torment]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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