Ellen Harvey sublime wallpaper Locks Gallery

The Room of Sublime Wallpaper (detail), 2008

oil on 16 wood panels, Plexiglas mirrors mounted on swivels, newspaper, tape

8 x 12 x 12 feet

Ellen Harvey sublime wallpaper Locks Gallery

The Room of Sublime Wallpaper (detail), 2008

oil on 16 wood panels, Plexiglas mirrors mounted on swivels, newspaper, tape

8 x 12 x 12 feet

Ellen Harvey Arcade Arcadia Locks Gallery Turner

Arcade/Arcadia, 2012

mixed media installation

dimensions variable

Installation at Turner Contemporary 

Ellen Harvey Barnes Foundation Metal Painting Locks Gallery

Metal Painting, 2015
887 paintings in oil on plywood, magnets, steel wall
overall: 15 x 24'
Installation at the Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia

Ellen Harvey Whitney Locks Gallery Museum of Failure

Museum of Failure: Invisible Self-Portrait in my Studio, 2008
oil on six wood panels
8 x 12 ft
Installation at the Whitney Museum of American Art

Ellen Harvey installation Locks Gallery

Public Collection, 2008

Plexiglas mirrors, photograph of paintings for sale in Cracow, Poland, installed in corner

28 5/8 x 38 1/4 inches (photograph)

Ellen Harvey NY Beautification installation Locks Gallery

The New York Beautification Project (installations and details), 1999–2001
40 paintings, oil on New York City
each 5 × 7 inches

Ellen Harvey Mirror PAFA Locks Gallery

Mirror, 2005
hand-engraved Plexiglas mirrors, light boxes, metal clips
Installation view at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Ellen Harvey Alien's Guide Corcoran Locks Gallery

Alien Souvenir Stand, 2013
Oil on aluminum, watercolor, and latex paint on clayboard, wood, aluminum sheeting, propane tanks, and velcro
10 feet by 17 feet by 5 feet
Installation view at the Corcoran Gallery of Art

Ellen Harvey Alien's Guide Corcoran Locks Gallery

The Pillar-Builder Archive, 2013
Approximately 3,000 postcards, acrylic paint, and tape
Installation view at the Corcoran Gallery of Art

Ellen Harvey Alien's Guide Corcoran Locks Gallery

Alien Space Ship: The Latest in Pillar-Builder Space Travel, 2013
Aluminum, 23 feet tall
Installation view at the Corcoran Gallery of Art

Ellen Harvey Unloved Locks Gallery

The Unloved (detail), 2014,
Oil on four wood panels with inlaid plexiglas mirror
Four plexiglass mirrors with inset windows for works from the Groeninge Museum collection
each side of four panels: 9 x 70 feet
Installation at Groeninge Museum

Ellen Harvey Unloved Locks Gallery

The Unloved (detail), 2014,
Oil on four wood panels with inlaid plexiglas mirror
Four plexiglass mirrors with inset windows for works from the Groeninge Museum collection
each side of four panels: 9 x 70 feet
Installation at Groeninge Museum

Artist Bio

Ellen Harvey was born in the United Kingdom and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Her work challenges the way we look at traditional iconography through surprising installations and projects that call attention to the personal, social, or physical conditions under which we understand and view images. Harvey’s paintings, installations, multi-media works, and projects experiment with collections, exhibition formats, and new modes of looking.

She is a graduate of the Whitney Independent Study Program and took part in the P.S.1 National Studio Program. Harvey has exhibited extensively in the U.S. and internationally and was included in the 2008 Whitney Biennial. Recent solo museum exhibitions include The Nudist Museum at the Bass Museum, Miami Beach; Ruins are More Beautiful at the Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw; The Alien’s Guide to the Ruins of Washington, D.C. at the Corcoran Gallery of Art; The Unloved at the Groeningemuseum, Bruges; Mirror at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; and A Whitney for the Whitney at Philip Morris at the former Whitney Museum at Altria.

Harvey continues to gain notoriety for her large-scale commissions, having been invited to permanently install mosaics by both the New York and Chicago Transit Authorities. She recently completed projects for the Federal Government’s Art in Architecture program at the Internal Revenue Service building in Andover, New York’s Percent for Art in the new Marcy Plaza in Brooklyn, Terminal F at the Philadelphia International Airport (in collaboration with Jan Baracz), and the historic site of St. Amalberga Chuch in Bossuit, Belgium.

Her book, The New York Beautification Project, was published by Gregory Miller in 2005 and Ellen Harvey: Mirror was published by the Pennsylvania Academy in 2006. Harvey’s exhibition at the Groeningemuseum is accompanied by a new publication, The Unloved, and her ongoing project The Museum of Failure will be published by Gregory Miller & Co. in Spring 2015.