MARCUS HARVEY
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shown courtesy
The Saatchi Collection
and White Cube
SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2005        Marcus Harvey, Mimmo Scognamiglio, Naples 
The Führer's Cakes, Galleria Marabini, Bologna
2002        Marcus Harvey, Mary Boone Gallery, New York 
Marcus Harvey, Vedovi Fine Art, Brussels
1996        Marcus Harvey, Vedovi Fine Art, Brussels
1995        Marcus Harvey, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York
1994        Snaps, White Cube, London
1993        Marcus Harvey, Cohen Gallery, New York

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2005        London Calling. Young British Artists Criss-Crossed, Galleri Kaare Berntsen, Oslo
2002        Closer, Standpoint Gallery, London
2001        Happy the World so Made, The Nunnery, London
2000        MoMa. A Thick Bloke Kicking a Dog to Death, The International 3 Summer Fête, Fairfield,
Manchester 
Sex and the Britsh,
    Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg; Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris 
Out There, White Cube2, Hoxton,
London
1999        Now It's My Turn to Scream. Works by Contemporary British Artists from the Logan
Julie From Hull
1994
  oil and acrylic on canvas  
244 x 244 cm
Taking his images sources from home-brew porn magazine Reader’s Wives, Marcus
Harvey’s early canvases use paint as a means to explore the concept of excess.
Replicating smutty urgency, Harvey’s Julie from Hull is bathed in frenzied gushy
pink, a dirty allurement promising fleshy debauchery. Using a heavy black line over a
thick expressionist ground, Harvey’s graphic form becomes both container and
barrier of over-indulgence, the promise of gratification monumentalised.

My Arse is Yours
1993
  oil on canvas
  213 x 213 cm
Through his paintings Marcus Harvey explores pornography as a phenomenon of
frustration. Using the instantaneity of paint, Harvey builds his canvases up as raw
explosions, his brushwork capturing the urgency and sheer physicality of sexual
fixation. Tracing over his gestures with images taken from top-shelf zines, Harvey
places his desire in the teasing world of pop, uniting detached graphic image and
aggrandised emotion as a parody of media portrayal and Pavlovian response.