Life’s shape depends on our hinges – those points where you switch path and head off in a new and exciting direction, confident and inspired. Simon’s decision to make the move to New York from Australia all those years ago was, in no small part down to agent Michael Ash Continue Reading →
Billed as an ‘Inspirational Evening with Simon Harsent’ Canon and Sunstudios gave Simon free reign for two and a half hours to talk journeys (both his and that of his icebergs), his work, juggling fine art and commercial work and pretty much anything else that took his fancy. Continue Reading →
As the crowds gathered at Sydney’s Black Eye Gallery for Simon’s exhibition Melt: Portrait of an Iceberg back in January, there were some welcome surprises. Although the photographic evidence seems to suggest otherwise, Simon didn’t break into song, but the gathered audience did see esteemed cultural curator, Alasdair Foster open the exhibition. Continue Reading →
Teitur Lassen is a songwriter and musician of rare talent. His latest album, Story Music is a record that has a subtle, almost fragile presence and yet is simultaneously possessed of a muscular musicality, with dense layers of musical fibres meshing together to build something incredibly powerful and hugely affecting.
The following interview to accompany Simon’s portaits took place in September 2014.
As part of a collaboration between Poet in the City and Lavender Hill Studios Simon’s father, the celebrated poet David Harsent, sat for portrait painter Nick Bashall. David is one of 10 poets painted by a range of artists, and the resulting portraits are on display before being auctioned at a later date. Simon took the opportunity to shoot a study of the work in progress – a photographer shooting a painter painting a poet. Three artists at different corners of the same triangle.
Forget Paul the psychic squid – his World Cup predictions were so 2010. This year, Ol’ Mate Oracle was the go-to guy for the lowdown on the low scores in Brazil, and this hilarious series of short films, directed by Simon, show the irresistible allure of the wise old sage in all his goal-predicting glory.
‘We start with colour.’ Mark Rothko
‘For years I have been fascinated by the paintings of Mark Rothko, in particular those that have come to be known as the multiforms. These bold paintings use great swathes of colour that inhabit the space in ways that create incredible tension and produce extreme emotional reactions. Well, they do with me.
Not our words, but just three of the words that the Huffington Post used to describe Melt, Simon’s study of icebergs off the coast of Newfoundland. It’s a really lovely write up that takes into account Simon’s preoccupation with painting, and specifically the work of Mark Rothko.
TBG Exhibition Catalogue awarded at PDN
Not content with plaudits and recognition, Simon’s Beautiful Game is now an award winner! The catalogue for the exhibition was awarded at PDN. You can see for yourself here, and below are some shots of the catalogue itself – a step up from the football programmes you get in the UK, that’s for sure!
Whitstable is a small fishing town on England’s North Kent coast. Formerly a down-at-heel, ramshackle kind of place, it is now the (second) home to many weekend visitors from London who have been captivated by its charm and feel at more at home with every new shop selling overpriced second-hand furniture and boxes covered in shells. Continue Reading →
Icebergs spotted in Melbourne!
While most of Australia sweated it out in a record-breaking heatwave, a cold front was moving into Melbourne in February as the Edmund Pearce gallery became the latest to host Simon’s Melt exhibition. It ran from February 5 to March 1 with the official opening on Feb 6.
The Lucie Awards are a pretty prestigious affair, now into their 11th year and celebrating the very best in international photography. So it’s with no little amount of pride that we can report that Simon was nominated for one this year for his work on the print campaign for Canon’s Inspired series…
Tony Visconti is one of the most well-known and admired music producers on the face of the Earth. As well as overseeing recordings by artists as wide-ranging as Iggy Pop, Thin Lizzy and Morrissey, he famously produced the most revered albums of David Bowie’s career. Continue Reading →
On the surface, we know this of Ethan H Minsker: he is a man, and founding member of the Antagonist Art Movement – a project borne out of the sort of punk DIY ethos that was given a new lease of life through the 1980s hardcore scenes, most notably in Washington, D.C. We know that he is an accomplished, published novelist, artist and film-maker. We know all this. Through Simon Harsent’s evocative portraits and the words of Ethan himself, we hope to find out more. Why? Because art needs people like Ethan to flourish… That’s why.