Dominic Harris

A British artist exploring our connection with nature through technology.

Dominic Harris is an artist who uses technology to construct highly personal interpretations of the natural phenomena which surround us. His reverence for nature, coupled with his fascination for code, offers a surreal and whimsical take on reality, which ultimately challenges our own perceptions of the world about us. His responses, aesthetic yet playful, conceal a carefully-observed commentary on the digitisation of our daily experiences, which plays both upon our emotions, and our relationship with the technology-fuelled 21st century Pop Culture.

Unseen

2023

Swell

2019

Phable

2011

Recent News

"In Plain Sight" Group Exhibition at Halcyon Gallery

"NeoBloom" and "Spectrums" in new Halcyon Exhibition

New Art Installation at West Middlesex University Hospital

Artwork by Dominic Harris installed at West Middlesex University Hospital

Salon Art + Design, New York 2023

An edited highlight of his London "Feeding Consciousness" exhibition delights New York at the Salon Art + Design 2023 exhibition.

Disney 100th Anniversary

Important interactive artworks on display at the official Disney 100 exhibition.

Architectural Digest: Every Wing Has A Silver Lining

A bespoke commission for NCL inspired by the Art Deco glamour of transatlantic ocean liners, the dynamic motion of the sea, and the patterns of sculptor Erwin Hauer.

"In Plain Sight" Group Exhibition at Halcyon Gallery

"NeoBloom" and "Spectrums" in new Halcyon Exhibition

New Art Installation at West Middlesex University Hospital

Artwork by Dominic Harris installed at West Middlesex University Hospital

Salon Art + Design, New York 2023

An edited highlight of his London "Feeding Consciousness" exhibition delights New York at the Salon Art + Design 2023 exhibition.

Disney 100th Anniversary

Important interactive artworks on display at the official Disney 100 exhibition.

Architectural Digest: Every Wing Has A Silver Lining

A bespoke commission for NCL inspired by the Art Deco glamour of transatlantic ocean liners, the dynamic motion of the sea, and the patterns of sculptor Erwin Hauer.

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Dominic Harris

Domnic Harris is represented exclusively by the Halcyon Gallery, based in Mayfair, London. In the foreword to Harris's solo exhibition at Halcyon Gallery, curator Sunny Cheung writes, 'a thread of existentialism exists in Dominic Harris' work, a certain preoccupation with flowers, petals, butterflies, and a fascination with metamorphosis and transformative experiences'. This is echoed throughout Harris' practice as 'recurring elements and motifs' shed light on his close relationship with the natural world and its ability to be intertwined with the performative and immersive persona of the digital phenomena which has firmly anchored itself in society today.

Dominic Harris has participated in many international art fairs including Kinetica Art Fair, London in 2009, celebrating the emergence of new media as a pivotal platform. Gaining further international acclaim, Harris exhibited in Langham Plaza, Hong Kong with Flutter (2011) in 2011 and Design Basel from 2012-2018. London Design Festival saw Ice Angel (2012, 2015) and Walk the Light (2012) installed in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London in 2012. Most recently in 2019 at the Museum Sinclair-Haus, Bad Homburg, Germany, Harris exhibited in the group exhibition Beating Wings, an exploration of the relationship between humans and insects, celebrating the work of artists who portray the behaviour and nature of these small creatures in their artworks.

Works such as Ruffled (2014, 2017), for which Harris turns his attention to the world of ornithology, creating living portrait studies of the birds with which he is most intrigued, each brought to life through a startlingly lifelike virtual representation on screen, and Simulated (2017), a conceptual artwork which challenges the fidelity of the viewers' objectivity between what text is being displayed and what text is being understood, both featured in The Salon New York in 2017. Employing an optical sleight of hand to bring butterflies to life within antique bell jars and drawing inspiration from the Pepper's ghost Victorian illusion technique, Dominic Harris resumed his role as a digital lepidopterist within his new medium of holography in Flutter Hologram (2017), presented in Art Miami in 2018.

Selected to present at Design Miami/Basel's exhibition platform Curio, Harris introduced Baby Shimmer (2018), an immersive installation which acts as a physical amplification of his fascination with the audience's role and interaction with light, colour and movement. This work demonstrates Harris's obsession with viewer engagement and what the artist described as 'low fidelity, high granularity' as the ultra-low resolution pixellation of shifting colour presented within the installation, signifying simpler times of less resolution and lower fidelity in a response to a new era in which our lives are becoming increasingly digitised.

Deserted (2016) made its first appearance in 2018, a composition of four distinct scenes portraying three very different deserts in North America: White Sands, New Mexico, Joshua Tree National Park, California and Monument Valley, on the Utah/Arizona border. In the fourth scene, Harris plays upon the NASA lunar landing conspiracy theories, presenting a landscape that could be either on earth or on the moon. Swell, installed on the Royal Caribbean ship in April 2019 saw an enormous collaboration between engineers, designers and fabricators from Harris' studio in the installation of the most innovative kinetic art sculpture produced by the studio yet.

Cheung states, 'Harris' work carries on an artistic tradition where rapid advances in technology allowed for new ways to experiment and for artists to harness this experimentation to produce new works of art that mixed learning and thought with aesthetic consideration.' 2019 sees the artist exhibit his first solo exhibition at Halcyon Gallery.

TRAINING
2003 BA, Architecture, Bartlett School, University College London

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2023 Feeding Consciousness, Halcyon Gallery, London, UK
2019 Dominic Harris: Imagine, Halcyon Gallery, London, UK
2019 Beating Wings, Museum Sinclair-Haus, Bad Homburg, Germany
2018 The Salon New York, New York, USA
2016 5 Year Celebration, Priveekollektie Contemporary Art | Design, London, UK
2015 Moments of Reflection, PHOS ART + DESIGN, London, UK
2009 Dublin Science Museum, Dublin, Ireland

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2024 In Plain Sight, Halcyon Gallery, London, UK
2023 The Salon New York, New York, USA
2023 Disney100, The ExCel London, London, UK
2023 Infidels, Halcyon Gallery, London, UK
2022 High Fidelity, London, UK
2020 US NOW, Halcyon Gallery, London, UK
2019 Beating Wings, Museum Sinclair-Haus, Bad Homburg, Germany
2019 PAD Genève, Geneva, Switzerland
2018 Art Miami, Florida, USA
2018 The Salon New York, New York, USA
2018 If So, What?, Silicon Valley, USA
2017 Design Miami/Basel, Basel, Switzerland
2015 Desire: Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul, Turkey
2012 London Design Festival, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
2009 Dublin Science Museum, Dublin, Ireland
2009 Kinetica, London, UK

PUBLIC INSTALLATIONS
2023 Frontiers, Solo Exhibition, Halcyon Gallery, London
2023 Every Wing Has A Silver Lining, Commission, Viva, Norwegian Cruise Lines
2022 UNSEEN, Commission, Annabel's, London
2021 All That Flutters Turns To Gold, Commission, Ouronyx, London, UK
2020 US NOW, Group Show, Halcyon Gallery, London, UK
2019 Imagine, Solo Show, Halcyon Gallery, London, UK
2019 Swell, Commission, Spectrum of the Seas, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
2015 Concentric Study, Grand Palais, Paris, France
2014 Emergence, Caviar House & Prunier, London, UK
2009 Beacon, Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
2009 DJ Light, Lima, Peru