Harry McEvoy is a dynamic young Melbourne based artist who grew up along the Surf Coast. He first exhibited with us in 2015 as a year 11 student and has continued to impress us with his persistent desire to paint, draw and make art. His work is a celebration of youthful energy and boldness but also thoughtfulness and reflection. On The The Dog In The Window Harry says:
“These works are narratives that do not specify a setting or situation, it’s only my personal interpretation of a time period in which I was a participant. The cause and affect of a situation unfolding that is impossible to change the circumstances. The ideas of past experiences I cannot reshape, only reflect on the moral relativism (wrong and right) of the state of affairs.”
Conceptually Harry wants to explore the idea of Moral Relativism throughout his practice and how it applies to youth emerging into adulthood, without fully established or matured minds.
“Working in portraiture and a figurative style; I questioned what is wrong and right as deemed by society. Moral Relativism is the theory that morality, or standards of right and wrong, is culturally based and therefore become a matter of individual choice. My work investigates Moral Nihilism, Moral Absolutism and Moral Universalism. Exploring my personal views, beliefs, past experiences and my complex feelings.”
“My influences and subject matter are drawn from observations of the street. The city is a towering place with a wealth of vast textures and rare faces. These ideas are explored in a abstract form using the materials of acrylic paint, charcoal, pastel, oil sticks and spray paint. After travelling to New York on a skateboarding trip I became very aware of the impact of artists such as Jean–Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol and their influence on popular culture. After visiting multiple galleries in Australia I have also become aware of Australian artists such as Brett Whitley and Ben Quilty.”