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Born in Yorkshire in 1992, Harriet is an Edinburgh based painter and photographer. 

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A R T I S T   S T A T E M E N T

People and the spaces they inhabit are at the core of Harriet’s artistic practice. A body movement, a vulnerable private moment, or the way someone occupies a space often inspires the beginning of a painting. She seeks to record emotion, energy, beauty and truth.


Harriet is currently exploring societal expectations of young adults through her perception of how she fits, or doesn’t fit into these conventions. Harriet is taking ownership of her narrative through these paintings.


As a survivor of childhood cancer, Harriet is acutely aware of the fragility of the human condition. There is a conflict between Harriet’s desire to evoke strong emotion and her fear of exposing herself which creates an emotive tension. The conversation created between subtlety and vigour in Harriet’s mark-making suggests a precarious sense of fragility. What is left unspoken offers space to reflect and imagine.


As well as working with the physical medium of paint, Harriet utilises photography in her artistic practice. Immersed in the emotion, energy, beauty and truth of an event, a camera records the fleeting moments that can later stand alone as records of precious memories, and which can also be distilled to inform future paintings. The imperfect accidents that occur within the body of a camera — whether analogue or digital — can seep into the texture of a painting.  

C U R R E N T   E X H I B I T I O N S


(solo show)

An autobiographical collection of works by an artist who beat cancer as a child, Bones is stripping back the flesh of outside perception.

South Block

60 - 64 Osborne Street, Glasgow G1 5QH

Open: 17th December 2021 - 8th February 2022 (Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm)


2022      Sunday Post feature by Jan Patience

2021      Sky Portrait Artist of the Year Season 8, Episode 4 (aired 3rd November 2021)

                  Review of Portrait Artist of the Year on blog Making a Mark

2019      Blogpost by Vivien Devlin

2018     Mention in blog Roaring Water Bay Journal

2017     Winkball video interview at The Other Art Fair

S E L E C T E D   E X H I B I T I O N S

2022  Bones (solo show),  Wasps South Block, Glasgow, UK

2021  Splint, studio of David Mach RA, London, UK

              Figurative Art Now, Federation of British Artists / Mall Galleries (online)

              SSA Contemporary Figures, Scottish Society of Artists (online)

              Harriet Selka artist in residence, Mayvn, 127 George Street, Edinburgh, UK

              Screen Test, Wasps Artist Studios (online)

              End of Year Group Show, Essential School of Painting, London (online)

2020  Harriet Selka Mini Exhibition at Jessica Buckley Interiors, Edinburgh, UK

              Harvest with West Cork Creates, Skibbereen, Ireland

2019  Fresh Zest (Solo Show), Pop Up Edinburgh, 17 Dundas Street, Edinburgh, UK

              Into the Woods, with West Cork Creates, Skibbereen, Ireland
              Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize 2019, Piano Nobile Kings Place, London, UK

2018  Scottish Portrait Awards 2018, Scottish Arts Club, Edinburgh and Glasgow, UK

              Under Shelter with West Cork Creates, Skibbereen, Ireland

2017  Inscape, Dundas Street Gallery, Edinburgh, UK
              Scottish Portrait Awards 2017, Scottish Arts Club, Edinburgh, UK

              The Other Art Fair, Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London, UK

              RSA Open 2017, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, UK
              West Cork History Festival, Skibbereen, West Cork, Ireland

2016  RSA Open Exhibition 2016, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, UK

              Harriet Selka, The Barn, Spencertown, NY, USA

              space: dependent on the mind/ independent of time, 3 Ada Road, London, UK

2015  ex, blip blip blip, East Street Arts, Patrick Studios, Leeds, UK

              Upstairs @ Blue House, Blue House Gallery, Schull, West Cork, Ireland

              Degree Show, Edinburgh College of Art, UK


2020  The Essential School of Painting Scholarship, awarded for The Bigger Picture

2019  Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize, selected artist
2018  Scottish Portrait Awards, selected artist
2017  Royal Scottish Academy Latimer Award, winner

              Scottish Portrait Awards, selected artist

2015  Astaire Art Prize, Edinburgh College of Art, shortlisted


2020 – 2021   The Essential School of Painting, London

                                The Bigger Picture (Post-graduate level course)

2012 – 2015   Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh

                                BA (Hons) Painting

2011 – 2012   Leeds College of Art
                                Foundation Diploma in Art & Design