image courtesy of Mundaring Arts Centre (2018)
See is an emerging West-Australian artist with a background in manufacturing and industrial design. He predominantly uses paint and sculpture to construct scenes rich in narrative and symbolism. See’s most recent focus has been the search for stories and themes that transcend cultural difference in an effort to generate understanding among diverse audiences. However, after an extended period practicing art in Asia, he has returned to Perth to explore and pay homage to his hometown’s natural environment.
See began his creative career by studying Industrial Design at Curtin University, where he received the 'Graduate Award for Excellence' in 2010. He then spent several years working his way up to Senior Industrial Designer at a Perth-based manufacturing group.
See eventually resigned and enrolled at Edith Cowan University (ECU) to study visual arts. He graduated at the end of 2015 with the 'Louise Macfie Painting Award' and the invitation to return the following year to undertake his honours studies.
Before beginning his honours project in 2016, he was awarded one of the prestigious 'New Colombo Plan' scholarships, which funded his five and a half month stay in Shanghai at the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology (USST). Prior to departing for China, See had his first solo exhibition titled 'The Nature of Wanting' at the Maylands gallery, Studio 281.
See completed his thesis at the end of 2016 with 'First Class Honours' and the opportunity to publish his exegesis online through Edith Cowan University.
In early 2017 he flew back to China at the invitation of the Chinese European Art Centre in Xiamen. There See spent three months undertaking his first artist in residence program and further explored Chinese culture and arts. This experience concluded with his second solo exhibition (and first international solo exhibition), 'Tower of Modern'.
During this residency See travelled briefly back to Shanghai to organise a joint show titled, 'Paradise’s Parasite I', with two other Australian artists and a local Chinese artist. It was held at the Hujiang Gallery and explored both Australia’s and China’s environmental waste concerns. The exhibition was then shown again later that year at the Sino-British College (USST). Additional works were featured and the exhibition was titled 'Paradise’s Parasite II'.
In 2017 See was also commissioned to create an artwork for the 'Stations of the Cross' exhibition held annually at Perth’s Wesley Church. A show that also travelled to the Geraldton Regional Art Gallery several weeks later.
His most recent creative endeavour has been the founding of the artist collective 'New State' with fellow ECU graduate Aliesha Mafrici [www.alieshamafrici.com]. Together they had their first joint show at Turner Galleries, titled 'Passage Self Strange'; with the plan of having more shows together in the near future.
In 2018 Harrison See now prepares for his second residency at the Mundaring Arts Centre, the continuation of the joint China-Australia project the exhibition 'Paradise’s Parasite III' to be held at Spectrum Project Space, as well as his (by then) fourth solo show at 'The Lobby' exhibition space in Claremont.