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b. 1992, Yorkshire, UK

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

End of year show

Essential School of Painting

Online exhibition 2021

I have work in two of the galleries:

-- for my personal work, find your way to the second room of: https://artspaces.kunstmatrix.com/en/exhibition/7637737/the-bigger-picture-wendy-freestone-harriet-selka

-- SPLINT! collective was formed of the six members of our course, 'The Bigger Picture'. We collaborated on a lockdown collage project that can be seen in this gallery:

Figurative Art Now

Mall Galleries / Federation of British Artists online

7th July - 20th September 2021

[see Harriet's paintings on page 15!]

U P C O M I N G   E X H I B I T I O N S

End of year show (Group show)

Essential School of Painting


November 2021

Bones (Solo show)

Wasps South Block

60 - 64 Osborne Street, Glasgow

December 2021 - January 2022

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

2021 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

         U@BH, 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, 2:1

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