Clare Barton-Harvey                                  artist

about the work


Drawing and painting for me is akin to meditation; a way of ‘being’ and a study/exploration of the human mind.


I begin each painting with a clear feeling, colour range and a sense of the particular energy for that painting. I often work on several paintings simultaneously (a series) which supports the exploration of an idea. Through meditation, contemplation and the act of making, over time, the significance of the image naturally arises.


I am influenced by calligraphy with respect to the embodied mark/gesture, and colour, rhythm and light (or absence of it e.g. The Black Paintings) are also key considerations. The paintings often develop over a series of weeks or months with many layers of transparent glaze in order to create rich surface texture, moderated tonal relationships and a quality of vibration.


I draw inspiration from a range of sources including modern scientific research into the nature of matter and consciousness as well as ancient Buddhist philosophy. My work is based on the view that if one enters deeply enough into experience, then one finds the ‘universal’. It is this that gives the work meaning.


‘Being and Form’: in depth interview with Buddhist artist, Amitajyoti.
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