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Fleeting Suggestions: Art by Emil Harkó

A black and white oil painting of a colorless formUntitled, oil on linen

Emil Harkó is an abstract artist who works with hazy forms and fleeting suggestions. Emil tends to work on a small scale with very cohesive color palettes.


An abstract oil painting with a three dimensional appearanceUntitled, oil on linen


I’m really intrigued by the appearances of Emil’s most recent paintings on his website. The artist’s use of lighting and volumes creates the impression of marble sculptures in darkened rooms. The way Emil’s works suggest form while remaining completely abstract is impressive and rather delightful. Devoid of color, these works have an almost sinister look to them that only adds to the air of mystery and makes them difficult to resist.


The front page of Emil Harko's art websiteEmil's portfolio website,

In Emil’s previous works, and our previous feature of his self-contained abstraction, color plays a much bigger role. In older works, the color of each painting is cohesive and consuming, and tends to be earthy or somewhat neutral. Color offers a potential hint at the subject, but not enough to prove or disprove any theory of the audience.


An oil painting of stairs in deep red tonesUntitled, oil on board

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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