Fountains

Katharine Harvey: Night Fountain VIII, 2007

Night Fountain VIII

2007

acrylic on board

66 x 45 inches

Katharine Harvey: Night Fountain III, 2007

Night Fountain III

2007

acrylic on board

36 x 26 inches

Katharine Harvey: Night Fountain IV, 2007

Night Fountain IV

2007

acrylic on board

36 x 26 inches

Katharine Harvey: Night Fountain XIII, 2007

Night Fountain XIII

2007

acrylic on board

36 x 26 inches

Katharine Harvey: Night Fountain VII, 2007

Night Fountain VII

2007

acrylic on board

12 x 12 inches

Katharine Harvey: Night Fountain XI, 2008

Night Fountain XI

2008

acrylic on board

12 x 12 inches

Katharine Harvey: Night Fountain IX, 2008

Night Fountain IX

2008

acrylic on board

12 x 12 inches

Katharine Harvey: Night Fountain I, 2006

Night Fountain I

2006

acrylic on board

12 x 12 inches

Katharine Harvey: Night Fountain III, 2006

Night Fountain III

2006

acrylic on board

12 x 12 inches

FOUNTAINS

This series of 13 acrylic paintings is an abstract meditation on cascading water floodlit at night. Architectural details dissolve under the pressure and weight of the moving flow, as a fascination with water turns to the phenomenon of an urban fountain.

Larger paintings focus on reflective fluid elements, paradoxically the most solid part of the images as the architecture of the fountain washes away. These paintings are at the breaking point of abstraction, hinting at an eerie, otherworldly immersion. The elusive surfaces of water dissipate into colourful spatial fragments.

Smaller painting studies of the fountain explore abstract flickering highlights – the strange collision of the camera flash and the lurid glow of the Princess Margaret Fountain’s context at Toronto’s Canadian National Exhibition.