B I O
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
An autobiographical collection of works by an artist who beat cancer as a child, Bones is stripping back the flesh of outside perception.
60 - 64 Osborne Street, Glasgow G1 5QH
Open: 17th December 2021 - 8th February 2022 (Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm)
P R E S S
2021 Sky Portrait Artist of the Year Season 8, Episode 4 (aired 3rd November 2021)
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
A W A R D S
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
E D U C A T I O N
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