Harvey has always been involved with punk, and for some years was
a guitarist in Pauline Murray's band Penetration, which he finally
left to allow more time for his painting. He joined the Stuckists
in 2001 after reading about them in The Sunday Times and
recognising a philosophy of art that he identified with. He has
been a major exhibitor with them since, and also curated Stuckist
shows in Newcastle, where he lives.
works very slowly and patiently to build up a composite image combining
different sources and influences, amongst which Mucha's art nouveau
style is apparent, although often given a subtle sardonic twist,
such as the intrusion of safety pins or razor blades. He often uses
celebrities as subjects with the aim of rehabilitating them in his
own world. He stresses beauty as a valuable, albeit unfashionable,
aesthetic. His painting of Emily Mann (left), based on a photo by
Charles Thomson, was used to promote The Stuckists Punk Victorian
show at the Walker Art Gallery during the 2004 Liverpool Biennial.
CV, statement and links, click "Text" above.
For an index of thumbnail images, click "Paintings".