Found fusion – Geoff Harvey

Geoff Harvey is a Sydney based artist who graduated from Art College in the 1970s.  Initially working in photo-realism printmaking and painting, he gradually began to cross over into other disciplines such as drawing, photography, assemblage and sculpture.  As a sculptor he has explored working with a range of mediums which have ranged from string to steel.

Sooty owl

Sooty owl, Geoff Harvey.

A previous winner of the Gallipoli Art Prize and the 2017 Georges River Sculpture Prize, he is a regular exhibitor in Sydney’s Sculpture by the Sea and is well known for his figurative pieces.[1]

His assembly, Sooty Owl, was awarded Highly Commended in the 2019 Georges River Art Prize.

The sourcing of discarded objects and assembling them, giving them new life and form provides him with great satisfaction.

“As an artist, I enjoy experimenting with different styles. One of which is found object sculpture. This came fairly naturally to me, because I come from a family of collectors, who find inspiration in discarded things”.[2]

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Geoff Harvey at the official opening of the Georges River Art Prize 2019.

“Made from recycled found objects this owl is easily recognisable even though it is made from things which are not associated with owls; relying on the viewer’s imagination to complete the artwork. Found object assemblage sculpture is one of my favourite means of expression and I enjoy finding and assembling things which would otherwise end up in landfill.”[3]

His compilation of wood, metal and found objects, challenges the viewer to see an image of a living creature, assembled from a fusion of human castings.

“I don’t particularly expect audiences to have a prescribed reaction to my work but I am always delighted if they are moved by it.”[4]

Harvey is inspired by the natural environment and virtually all that he sees.

“Virtually everything visual has an impact on me. Being open to many things is a good state of mind because I can absorb, enjoy and use whatever I like”.

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Councillor Christina Wu, Geoff Harvey, Councillor Kathryn Landsberry and Mayor Kevin Greene at the official opening of the Georges River Art Prize 2019.

The Georges River Art Prize 2019 will be on display until the end of January 2020.

Georges River Art Prize 2019

25 October 2019 – 30 January 2020

Hurstville Museum & Gallery

14 MacMahon Street, Hurstville

georgesriver.nsw.gov.au/HMG

Georges River Art Prize Open Day

Join us for a fun day for the whole family. Experience guided tours, art and craft activities and view the Georges River Art Prize 2019.

Saturday 11 January, 2020

Drop in for art and craft activities and exhibit your artwork with prizes to be won!
11.00am – 2.00pm

Guided tours (15 minutes)
Georges River Art Prize 2019
11.30am
1.30am

Free event, all welcome!

For more information: https://www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au/Community/Events/What-s-On/Hurstville-Museum-Gallery-open-day-(1)

 

References

[1] ‘Georges River Art Prize Education Kit’, Hurstville Museum & Gallery, https://www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au/StGeorge/files/fa/fac196ea-3d2e-4fa0-a399-72a902a3ba21.PDF

[2] ‘Geoff Harvey – Dogged’, Lismore Art Gallery, viewed 15 December 2019, https://www.lismoregallery.org/cp_themes/default/page.asp?p=DOC-FIC-30-24-85#.XfWs32Qza70

[3] ‘Georges River Art Prize Education Kit’, Hurstville Museum & Gallery, https://www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au/StGeorge/files/fa/fac196ea-3d2e-4fa0-a399-72a902a3ba21.PDF

[4] Ibid.

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