Expressive Poses: A Painting Portfolio by Hazel Harris
Hazel Harris is a painter who works through an intuitive, explorative process, often thinking up the titles for her works before embarking on the process of creating them. The artist has an affinity for the human figure, and the majority of her works feature exuberant, rounded female figures in expressive poses and settings.
I like the sense of joy that’s present and palpable throughout Hazel’s portfolio. The artist’s portfolio includes abstraction as well as figurative work in the form of portraiture and landscape, and in all these paintings Hazel’s use of bright colours and large, stylized forms lends to an overall atmosphere that is warm and inviting.
Hazel’s abstract works are often geometrically inclined, and in these works the artist’s knowledge of or intuition for colour theory really shines. Hazel is adept at choosing foreground and background colours, and arranging figures so that the viewer’s eye is drawn across the canvas, readily drinking in each minute detail and object.