Megan Harmer

Born in Redcliffe, Queensland, Australia I studied visual art - fine art at Griffith University, majoring in Printmaking and minoring in Ceramics. I also studied Graphic Design at CATC Design School in Brisbane. Have been a graphic designer since 1995.

I have participated in 5 group exhibitions in Australia and most recently in New York and have had one solo exhibition in Spain. 

In May of 2010 I had a boutique solo exhibition in Madrid, Spain. This featured eight paintings reflecting contemporary, stylistic artworks. I have also documented my spanish journey through an eclectic mix of interesting illustrations and photographs.  

In 2010 the energetic, expressive spanish series developed with artworks of flamenco dancers, bull fighting and spanish culture. 

From Aug 2014 - Feb 2016 I was represented by Agora Gallery, New York City and exhibited 5 paintings from my Spanish Series in an international group exhibition titled "Out From Down Under & Beyond - Fine Art from Australia & New Zealand" in May of 2015.  Since then I have received many invitations to exhibit around the globe. 

My paintings usually begins with a black and white illustration or a sketch of some description. Sometimes these drawings are inspired by an image that enters my mind, a photograph or a dream I have while asleep.  I apply multiple layers of paint to the canvas to give a screen print like opacity, then bold, calligraphic lines and jewelled pointillism are overlaid atop lush shapes of saturated color. I also apply gorgeous metallic aspects to the canvas to illuminate the surface.  I infuse my artwork with pointillism, interesting detail and subtle texture to create captivating landscapes and resonating symbolism.

My bold and fluid style paired with the subjects of the pieces, expresses moments captured in time. For me my work is almost biographical, it expresses the challenges, adversity and happiness of real life experience. The symbolism I use are universally appealing, popular icons with a modern, abstract twist. Influenced by time, place and circumstance, I explore themes such as fighting for justice, fighting for love, survival, unrestricted freedom and ocean life.

I paint to record memories in a creative way - as an emotional release. My first series of paintings (9 in total) started when I was recovering from chronic fatigue and I have been painting in my spare time ever since. Each painting I create is a challenge and at various stages of the process brings me joy and inner peace.