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Metamorphosis: Secondary


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Metamorphosis: Secondary is a natural evolution from Dominic Harris’s previous work, Primary. It is an interactive artwork of butterflies that have been digitally hand-painted using the traditional secondary colours of orange, green, and purple.  While Dominic Harris has always been drawn to the vibrant and striking hues of the butterfly's wings, for this new series, he has chosen to depict these insects using only these three colours, maintaining a restricted palette to focus the attention.

By limiting his colour palette in this way, Harris highlights the inherent beauty and harmony of these colours, as well as their ability to create a sense of balance and visual interest. The amber, emerald, and violet hues of the butterfly's wings create a dynamic interplay of light and shadow, capturing the butterfly's delicate and ephemeral nature.

Furthermore, the use of secondary colours allows exploration of the concept of transformation, as these colours are created through the blending of primary colours red, yellow and blue. In this way, Harris’ studies of butterflies serve as a visual portrait of harmony and balance while also exploring the themes of metamorphosis and transience.

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Edition of 8 + 2 Artist Proofs + 2 Museum Proofs


Code, electronics, touch display, sensors, aluminium.


hand-painted butterflies

Dimensions in MM:

757 (W) x 757 (H) x 104 (D) mm, framed

Dimensions in INCHES:

29.8 (W) x 29.8 (H) x 4.1 (D) inches, framed


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