Will Harman (b. 1996, London) is an artist based in South London. He completed his BA in Fine Art Painting at the University of Brighton (2018) and completed his MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art (2023). Harman has exhibited as a finalist in the Robert Walters Group – UK Young Artist of the Year Award 2019 and has exhibited across London. Recent exhibitions include, Raising Boys, Black White Gallery, London (2022); Football Crazy Football Mad, Patterns of Play, London (2021); Meat Pie Sausage Roll, Changing Room Gallery, London (2021); Me Myself and I, curated by Rosalind Davis, Collyer Bristow Gallery, London (2020). Harman has an upcoming solo show later this year in Taiwan.
Humour is at the heart of Harman’s practice. His sharp observations capture a chaotic world in bright technicolour, and yet just beneath the bright surface lurks a distinctive horror of urban life. Detailing his canvases with pockets of bright colour, his satirical scenes, filled with stiff and awkward characters, seem familiar and of the everyday. Drawing from his experiences, Harman’s narratives are based on observations from the sidelines. Wryly unpicking a personal relationship with Britishness and collisions of class and culture, his paintings are a reflection of his upbringing, as well as the people that surround him.