Paul Harris


Paul Harris

What inspires your art practice?
Pattern, colour and symmetry are my driving forces in my art practice. I grew up on the subtropical east coast of South Africa, where my life was surrounded by endless colour and patterns from the natural environment. This influenced me from the moment I started my studies as an artist. My work is a constant play and search for the qualities of beauty and power. I do this through the exploration of pattern, colour and symmetry.

What materials do you work in?
My life as an artist covers a lot of ground, I explore jewellery, painting and sculpture and use many different materials, mainly timber and steel. 

Describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2021
The concept for this sculpture is based on support and the strength we receive through that support. I have been exploring larger scale totems and finding the power and presence in these works to be inspiring. Through the placement and scale of these 3 totems, they depict connection and strength whilst standing together. This could be family, friendship or the gathering of any tribe . I believe, beyond our most basic needs, our need to connect is incredibly strong and vital.

Where are the public most likely to see your artworks outside of NZSOS?
Most of my works are on the Tutukaka coast and can be viewed online

Where did you study?
I studied jewellery design and manufacture at the Durban Technikon, South Africa.

Sculptures by Paul Harris

NZ Sculpture OnShore Returns 2021

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