Words: Maddy Matheson
New Zealand born, Melbourne-based artist Harry McAlpine joins Laree Payne Gallery, Hamilton. McAlpine presented his first solo exhibition, Siloed with the gallery at the end of 2020. The exhibition presented photorealistic drawn portraits, such as Frankenstein #2, where the sitter had their eyes obscured by rudimentary cardboard cylinders secured loosely by strips of tape. The exhibition commented on human psyche and the flaws in modern modes of thinking, themes the artist continues to explore with new work.
On representing the artist gallery director Laree Payne says, “Harry’s work is conceptually engaging, technically excellent and responsive to many factors which are unique markers of this moment in time. I am thrilled to be working with Harry in an ongoing capacity. His work not only allows for but prompts awareness and reflection on contemporary life and beyond.”
McAlpine will show work with Laree Payne Gallery via the 2021 Virtual Art Fair in November.
Image: Harry McAlpine, Frankenstein #2, 2020. Charcoal on 600gsm cotton rag. 84 x 64 x 3.5cm. Courtesy: the artist and Laree Payne Gallery, Hamilton.