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Sarah Harvey / Aquaria - Artist's Talk


Sat Apr 5 2014, 2:00pm–3:00pm

Where: Collectors Contemporary, 5 Jalan Kilang Barat, #01-03 Petro Centre, Bukit Merah, Singapore

Restrictions: All ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Collectors

Collectors Contemporary is proud to present Aquaria, a new solo exhibition by the award winning contemporary British painter Sarah Harvey (3 April - 17 May 2014).

Sarah Harvey will be sharing some of the experiences and inspirations that inform her work in 'A Conversation with Sarah Harvey.' This free artist's talk will be held at the gallery on 5 April 2014 at 2pm.

This event forms part of the gallery's education and outreach programme and is free and open to all. To register a place please email

Harvey is internationally recognised for her paintings of the human figure, predominantly self-portraits, suspended in luscious light-filled azure and aquamarine waters. Over ten years ago the artist discovered a green swimming pool in the Tuscan hills of Italy, an experience that inspired her to explore the sensuous and enigmatic qualities of water and light. Since then Harvey has continued to paint the body submerged and abstracted by liquid landscapes that are uniquely her own, characterised by undulating currents, distorted shadows and refractions of sunlight. Water is a literal and symbolic element in the artist’s work. It is a familiar, yet inscrutable force. Harvey uses the interaction between the body and water to explore the complexities of human emotion and experience. The weightless figures are simultaneously liberated and engulfed, revealed and obscured: suggesting notions of freedom, fear and fantasy.

The artist has created a new body of work especially for Aquaria featuring a deeper engagement with abstraction and scale. Through a series of large-scale and multi-panelled paintings the artist will bring the viewer into a new encounter with her work. The exhibition will also showcase a large Dodecatych which took eight months to complete and measures approximately 15 metres in length.