'Broca's Area', Andy Harper

paintings with dozens of small sea creatures against a black background

Oil on canvas, 130.5 x 170.5cm, 2006

Artist's statement

'At last he tied the crutch to his leg again, and with the butt of the empty .45 scratched on the wall below the window, sure that no-one would ever read the message:

27th day. Have rested and am moving south. All is well. Kerans.

So he left the lagoon and entered the jungle again, within a few days was completely lost, following the lagoons southward through the increasing rain and heat, attacked by alligators and giant bats, a second Adam searching for the forgotten paradises of the reborn sun.'

from 'The Drowned World' by J. G. Ballard


Andy Harper was born in Hertfordshire in 1971. He studied at Brighton Polytechnic 1990-93, the Royal College of Art London 1993-95 and Middlesex University 1997-99. He co-organises a studio complex in South London and teaches at the City Lit, Central St Martins and Goldsmiths College. His group exhibitions include Secret Garden Angel Row Gallery Nottingham 2000, …and then we take Berlin Kitchener City Hall Canada 2001 and Jerwood Drawing Prize Jerwood Space London (touring) 2005-06. Solo exhibitions include green lung Essex University Gallery 2001 and Shift Standpoint Gallery London 2003.