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Tomas Harker

Royal College of Art

Painting from fashion photography by @imotank 40x45cm, oil on panel

Painting from fashion photography by @imotank 40x45cm, oil on panel - 5 days ago

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Two Hooded FIgures from CITE exhibition earlier this year at @boleegallery This is one of the remaining works. To enquire please contact info@bo-lee.co.uk

Two Hooded FIgures from CITE exhibition earlier this year at @boleegallery This is one of the remaining works. To enquire please contact info@bo -lee.co.uk - 12 days ago

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Pleased to be included in  @delphiangallery article 🙏🏻 https://delphiangallery.com/11-student-artists-you-should-be-following-on-instagram-right-now/

Pleased to be included in @delphiangallery article 🏻 https://delphiangallery.com/11-student-artists-you-should-be-following-on-instagram-right-now/ - 13 days ago

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@benjaminmurphy_  recently wrote a brilliant introduction for the SYZYGY catalogue- 
Tomas Harker is a painter who renders his subjects with a refinement and brevity of gesture. He paints both classical and contemporary imagery, originally found online; the backgrounds are sparse, and the palette conservative. 
The seemingly unconnected nature of his subject matter speaks of the way he encounters and collects it via the vast chasm of social media. This boundless vacuousness of the ocean of information we are barraged with online daily obscures significance through its sheer size, blinding us with information.
Heterogeneous found contemporary imagery is appropriated and repositioned, and thus given new meaning, whilst more classical themes are explored in the inverse - by obscuring their historical and cardinal significance.
He is an iconoclast who deifies the banal and degrades the iconic, in a statement of critique upon where and how we place value. His juxtaposition of highbrow with lowbrow reconfigures and ultimately destroys the hierarchical paradigms of accepted artistic subject matter, and is a considered attempt to embrace our fallibility.
Often, these juxtapositions suggest some rather piquant parallel - like the painting of the Stanford Prison Experiment placed next to the sixteen paintings of his tutors. This correlation is not serendipitous, but nor is it asserted. 
The images are often distorted, obscuring their intrinsic significance whilst simultaneously engendering them with a more contemporary relevance. His mark-making is at times naive, at others precise, displaying a perennial interest in the often absurd contradictions inherent in one’s own self. Harker embraces these idiosyncrasies, and uses these to mirror those he sees in society, and the art world, in general.

@benjaminmurphy_ recently wrote a brilliant introduction for the SYZYGY catalogue- Tomas Harker is a painter who renders his subjects with a refinement and brevity of gesture. He paints both classical and contemporary imagery, originally found online; the backgrounds are sparse, and the palette conservative. The seemingly unconnected nature of his subject matter speaks of the way he encounters and collects it via the vast chasm of social media. This boundless vacuousness of the ocean of information we are barraged with online daily obscures significance through its sheer size, blinding us with information. Heterogeneous found contemporary imagery is appropriated and repositioned, and thus given new meaning, whilst more classical themes are explored in the inverse - by obscuring their historical and cardinal significance. He is an iconoclast who deifies the banal and degrades the iconic, in a statement of critique upon where and how we place value. His juxtaposition of highbrow with lowbrow reconfigures and ultimately destroys the hierarchical paradigms of accepted artistic subject matter, and is a considered attempt to embrace our fallibility. Often, these juxtapositions suggest some rather piquant parallel - like the painting of the Stanford Prison Experiment placed next to the sixteen paintings of his tutors. This correlation is not serendipitous, but nor is it asserted. The images are often distorted, obscuring their intrinsic significance whilst simultaneously engendering them with a more contemporary relevance. His mark-making is at times naive, at others precise, displaying a perennial interest in the often absurd contradictions inherent in one’s own self. Harker embraces these idiosyncrasies, and uses these to mirror those he sees in society, and the art world, in general. - 14 days ago

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Stripe tease

Stripe tease - 15 days ago

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This is the last month in my Leeds studio with @eaststreetarts before moving to London

This is the last month in my Leeds studio with @eaststreetarts before moving to London - 16 days ago

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SYZYGY is open until Monday at @trumanbrewery  Brick lane, London

SYZYGY is open until Monday at @trumanbrewery Brick lane, London - 1 month ago

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Preview tonight 6-10pm @trumanbrewery @freerangeshows @laufineart space T2 come have a beer with us

Preview tonight 6-10pm @trumanbrewery @freerangeshows @laufineart space T2 come have a beer with us - 1 month ago

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SYZYGY part of @freerangeshows at @trumanbrewery preview Thurs 5th July 6-10pm, open 6th-9th July

SYZYGY part of @freerangeshows at @trumanbrewery preview Thurs 5th July 6-10pm, open 6th-9th July - 1 month ago

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Work in progress

Work in progress - 2 months ago

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ASSESSMENT criteria for institutional critique

ASSESSMENT criteria for institutional critique - 2 months ago

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Staff Portraits, (16x) 30x35cm, oil on panel. 
On starting the course at Leeds Arts University we were given a sheet with photos and names of the staff. I held on to this and at the end, in the final term, I made some paintings from the little 4x4cm photos. 
These formal passport-style photos reflected the institutional nature of the university. In getting to know the staff they also had a personal aspect. It was this boundary between institutional and personal that drew me to them. Also portraiture still has roots embedded in aristocratic history, with connotations of importance and power. The portraits were made through thinking about these ideas, not necessarily in critique, rather a playful questioning of what it means in a contemporary institution.

Staff Portraits, (16x) 30x35cm, oil on panel. On starting the course at Leeds Arts University we were given a sheet with photos and names of the staff. I held on to this and at the end, in the final term, I made some paintings from the little 4x4cm photos. These formal passport-style photos reflected the institutional nature of the university. In getting to know the staff they also had a personal aspect. It was this boundary between institutional and personal that drew me to them. Also portraiture still has roots embedded in aristocratic history, with connotations of importance and power. The portraits were made through thinking about these ideas, not necessarily in critique, rather a playful questioning of what it means in a contemporary institution. - 2 months ago

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Poodle II, oil on canvas, 90x100cm

Poodle II, oil on canvas, 90x100cm - 2 months ago

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Syzygy, oil on panel, 45x40cm

Syzygy, oil on panel, 45x40cm - 2 months ago

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King, oil on canvas, 30x35cm

King, oil on canvas, 30x35cm - 2 months ago

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SYZYGY opening tonight 5-8pm @leedsartsuni

SYZYGY opening tonight 5-8pm @leedsartsuni - 2 months ago

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A 31 page a5 catalogue has been made about SYZYGY exhibition. It includes selected photos and info about the new work, plus text from artist and writer @benjaminmurphy_  and an interview. 
It’s available to order online (see link in my bio). £5 with free p&p. A free signed print is also included

A 31 page a5 catalogue has been made about SYZYGY exhibition. It includes selected photos and info about the new work, plus text from artist and writer @benjaminmurphy_ and an interview. It’s available to order online (see link in my bio). £5 with free p&p. A free signed print is also included - 2 months ago

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I’ve been undertaking a degree in fine art alongside my painting work. I have just finished the course and have new work in a Degree show from 9-14 June at Leeds Arts University and 5-9 July at Truman brewery, London

I’ve been undertaking a degree in fine art alongside my painting work. I have just finished the course and have new work in a Degree show from 9-14 June at Leeds Arts University and 5-9 July at Truman brewery, London - 2 months ago

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