HARRISONSEE 2019 - Bridge Crossing (Sun

Harrison See (b. 1990) is a Perth-born contemporary painter who completed his bachelors of Visual Arts at Edith Cowan University (ECU) upon receiving the 2016 Louise Macfie Painting Prize. In 2017 See was awarded first class honours for his practice-led research carried out in Shanghai. Since then he has held six solo shows and seven collaborative exhibitions, both across Western Australia and China. He has also undertaken four artist residencies within Western Australia and a fifth in Xiamen, Fujian. See is a New Colombo Plan Alumni, as well as the recipient of a Research Training Program Scholarship, a Yagan Square Digital Tower Screen Initiative (MRA), an Ellenbrook-Swan Art Award, multiple Research Culture Grants (ECU), and most recently, an Arts U-15k grant (DLGSC). In recent years See has taught painting at both the Mundaring Arts Centre and Midland Junction Arts Centre, while also working as an assistant artist within ECU’s School of Arts and Humanities. At present, he is a PhD candidate within the School of Arts and Humanities at ECU. See’s doctoral research focusses on how cross-cultural collaboration can lead to new understandings of hybrid Australian identities.

 

See’s painting practice focusses on the use of allegory and symbolism to navigate cultural divergence. Through an approach to contemporary mythmaking that integrates storytelling tropes from videogames, he renders figurative landscapes rich in iconography that explore the spaces between cultural communities. This interest began during See’s time spent in China where he focussed on the ubiquitous—and equally problematic—East/West binary. This interest has since shifted towards notions of cultural hybridity with Western Australia’s diverse populations. Notions that are explored through See’s spontaneous and dialogic approach to contemporary mythmaking; an emergent creative practice extended by his recent cross-cultural collaborative research.

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Harrison See (2019), Bridge Crossing (Sun Sets at the Gate) [detail], oil on board

Education

2019-     PhD (Visual Arts), Edith Cowan University (ECU), WA – [PhD candidate]
2017      Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours), Edith Cowan University (ECU), WA

2016      Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts), Edith Cowan University (ECU), WA

2011      Bachelor of Arts (Design), Majoring in Industrial Design, Curtin University, WA

Awards & Grants

2021    Arts U-15k, Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) – $4000

                                → [Harrison See, Desmond Mah + Aasiya Evans]

2020      Ellenbrook Overall Prize, Ellenbrook-Swan Art Award – $1000

              Yagan Square Digital Tower Screen Initiative, Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority – $1000

                                  → [Harrison See + Desmond Mah]

              Research Culture Grant, School of Arts and Humanities, Edith Cowan University – $400

                                  → [Harrison See, Jane Ziemons, Suz Ellis + Tasia Adjii]

2019      Research Culture Grant, School of Arts and Humanities, Edith Cowan University – $400

                                  → [Harrison See, Jane Ziemons, Laura Mitchell, Gale Mason + Tasia Adjii]

2018      Research Training Program Scholarship, Federal Government of Australia – $85,000

2015      The Louise Macfie Painting Prize, Edith Cowan University – $2,000
              New Colombo Plan Scholarship, Federal Government of Australia – $35,000
              New Colombo Plan Student Mobility Grant, Edith Cowan University – $1,200

2010      Design Award for Excellence, Curtin University

Solo Exhibitions

2019      Hollow Flight, Spectrum Project Space, ECU, Mount Lawley, WA

2018      Weightless, Victoria Park Centre for the Arts, Victoria Park, WA

              Urban Tree, The Lobby, Swanbourne, WA

              Physical Mindfulness of Painting, Mundaring Arts Centre (Gallery 2), Mundaring, WA

2017      Tower of Modern | 当潮之塔, Chinese European Art Centre | 中国欧洲艺术中心, Xiamen, China

2016      The Nature of Wanting, Studio 281, Maylands, WA

Artist Residencies

2021      Perth College, Mount Lawley, WA – 1 week(s)

2020      Perth Fringe Festival, Spectrum Project Space, Mount Lawley, WA – 4 week(s)

2018      Victoria Park Centre for the Arts, Victoria Park, WA – 10 week(s)

              Mundaring Arts Centre, Mundaring, WA – 6 week(s)

2017      Chinese European Art Centre | 中国欧洲艺术中心, Xiamen, China – 3 month(s)

Collaborative Exhibitions

2021       This Place We Call Home, Stala Contemporary, West Perth, WA (upcoming)

               Polyphony (CERAH Exchange Showcase), Perth Fringe Festival, Gallery 25, Mount Lawley, WA

2020       Nexus: A Group Show, Perth Fringe Festival, Spectrum Project Space, Mount Lawley, WA

2018       Paradise’s Parasite III | 寄生者 III, Spectrum Project Space, ECU, Mount Lawley, WA

2017       Passage Self Strange, Turner Galleries (Engine Room 2), Northbridge, WA

               Paradise’s Parasite II | 寄生者II, The Sino-British College | 英皇茶室, Shanghai, China

               Paradise’s Parasite | 寄生者, Hujiang Gallery | 沪江画廊, Shanghai, China

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021      ION II (In Our Nature), Lost Eden Creative ARI, Dwellingup, WA

              The Mandorla Art Award, Stala Contemporary, West Perth, WA

2020      Tenth International Exhibition of Traditional Fine Arts | 第十届国际传统艺术邀请展,  Shanghai Art Collection Museum | 上海艺术收藏博物馆

              Tied Up With String, Mundaring Arts Centre, Mundaring, WA

2019      Nexus: A Group Show, Gallery 25, ECU, Mount Lawley, WA

2018      Sculptures on the Scarp, Darlington Arts Festival, Darlington, WA

2017      Stations of the Cross, Wesley Church, Perth, WA / Geraldton Regional Art Gallery, Geraldton, WA

              Extended Focus, Spectrum Project Space, ECU, Mount Lawley, WA

              34th Annual Sculpture Survey Exhibition, Gomboc Gallery & Sculpture Park, Middle Swan, WA

2016      Third Space Project, Hujiang Gallery | 沪江画廊, Shanghai, China

2015      Impact 9 International Printmaking Conference, China Academy of Art | 中国美术学院, Hangzhou, China
              32nd Sculpture Survey, Gomboc Gallery and Sculpture Park, Middle Swan, WA             

2014      31st Sculpture Survey, Gomboc Gallery and Sculpture Park, Middle Swan, WA 

Commissions

2021     Personal Collection, Perth, WA

2020     WA Parks Foundation, Perth, WA

             Private Collection, Perth, WA

2019     Private Collection, Perth, WA

2017     Stations of the Cross, Perth, WA

Publications

See. H (2021). Dialogic Painting and Mythology: Cross-cultural collaboration amidst COVID restrictions ACUADS 2020: Crisis and Resilience. ACUADS.

- Mason, G. & See. H. (2021). Creativity in Crises: Adapting a community of practice through a landscape of COVID-based disturbances. ACUADS 2020: Crisis and Resilience. ACUADS.

- Adams, L., See, H., Bell, F. (2020). Public Arts: the academy engaging with Main Roads WA, industry and community. ACUADS 2019: Engagement. ACUADS.

- See, H. (2017). A Cosmopolitan Landscape: Development of a body of paintings that explore and expand upon the shared tropes of figuration in the work of Giovanni Bellini and Shen Zhou. Retrieved from https://ro.ecu.edu.au/theses_hons/1490