Dr Simon Harris

Senior Lecturer – Fine Art

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Email address: Simon.Harris2@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 322138 Location: MK705 Faculty: Faculty of Arts School/Institute: Wolverhampton School of Art Areas of expertise: Fine Art, Printmaking, Painting


Dr Simon Harris is a painter whose PhD research provides a distinct focus for a studio-based investigation. The main aim of the research is the re-negotiation of formalist modes of painting practice through an exploration of Gilles Deleuze’s philosophical processes. Contextually the research acknowledges the critiques of painting, specifically the genealogy of the pictorial plane as it advances from an Albertian perspective to a Modernist flatness and the Post-Modern arrest.

A framework for a Deleuzian investigative methodology has been developed, of which, the concepts of ‘haptic space’, ‘the fold’, ‘duration’ and ‘beauty’ have been explored. As methods these concepts have enabled research into constructing a mode of thinking through the idea of space, duration and the encounter within, upon and of painting. The notion of ‘haptic’ space as a visual touching of the surface and subsequent layers of space; and the concept of ‘the fold’ as the hinge between maker, surface and viewer provides a potential philosophical model employed in order to re-think the illusionist space in painting.

This research is presented to instigate an examination of the theoretical and practical issues of contemporary painterly space.

Look at Simon’s webpage here: sijharris.com


Conference Papers

  • Harris, S. (2010)  Paper delivered at the conference - Space: The Abstract and the Real.The University of Wolverhampton
  • Harris, S. (2009)  Paper delivered at the conference - Art Space. The University of Wolverhampton

Experience in industry

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2015 PhD Exhibition. Wolverhampton School of Art Est. 1851
  • 2015 Revealing the Image. Sarah Wiseman Gallery
  • 2010 The Little Street. Wolverhampton School of Art Est. 1851
  • 2008 Traversing the Hyper-Known. Eagle Works Gallery, Wolverhampton
  • 2007 The Nirvana Experiment. The Small Gallery, Wolverhampton
  • 2005 For The Fourth Wall. Eagle Works Gallery, Wolverhampton

Group Exhibitions

  • 2015 Insert Groovy Title Here. Wolverhampton Art Gallery
  • 2013 Recherché. Wolverhampton Art Gallery
  • 2013 Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead. Sarah Wiseman Gallery
  • 2012 West Midlands Open. Wolverhampton Art Gallery
  • 2012 Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead. Sarah Wiseman Gallery 
  • 2011 Surface Tension. Sarah Wiseman Gallery and The North Wall Gallery (Two person show over two venues)
  • 2011 Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead. Sarah Wiseman Gallery
  • 2011 Four Generations of Painters. Eagle Works Gallery, Wolverhampton
  • 2010 Neither/Nor. The Arena Gallery, the cooperative program - Liverpool Biennial
  • 2009 Viral Sublime. Eagle works Gallery, Wolverhampton
  • 2009 MA & Other Post Graduates. Atkinson Gallery, Somerset
  • 2007 Twelvefourbythree. Eagle works Gallery, Woverhampton
  • 2007 Birmingham Open. Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery