R.A.W Labs is showing a new exhibition of work by British artist Harry Cartwright (b.1993), the artist’s first London solo show. “CARS” features work created within the last year which includes a series of paintings, a limited edition print and a large-scale video installation.
While some artists are known for a signature style, the recent work of Cartwright’s is more closely
focused on the subject matter, “CARS”. Using a variety of automobiles as the catalyst for his work,
the artist has created a series of bold, graphical pieces which reference advertisements, popular
culture and the world of luxury vehicles.
Largely inspired by his own photographic references, the artist amalgamates multiple perspectives,
compositions and styles to compose his images onto canvas. Typically large scale works which
often manipulate 2D surfaces which blend collage and photography into one. “White Bentley rolling
deep through the East End” is an example of this new experimentation which contains laughing
gas canisters adhered onto the canvas; which emulates the current London street scene.
Americana and the sun soaked scenes of California also play a role in transporting the viewer to
warmer climes. This is reflected in the earlier produced ‘photo paintings’ including “Lamborghini in
Downtown Hollywood” and “Mercedes 450SL on Hewitt St”. These works incorporate the artist’s
large scale 35mm photographs, pasted onto a painted extension of the scene, giving a painterly
border to frame the piece. The fusion of photography and painting aims to blur the line between art
and life; between fact and fiction.
Raw Labs, Royal Albert Wharf, E16 2QP 14th – 17th December Opening hours: Thursday (12 pm – 6 pm) Saturday and Sunday (10 am – 4 pm) Private View: Thursday 14th December 2017, 6 – 9 pm. Facebook event: www.facebook.com
About The Artist
Harry Cartwright was born in Ascot, England and studied Advertising at the University of Creative
Arts, Farnham (2015). Amongst others, his work has been on display at Supermark-Art, 50 Golborne Gallery (2016) and The Next Generation of Artists, The Laing Gallery (2016). The artist lives and works in London.