Matt Harvey is a contemporary British artist and portrait painter based in Devon. His oil paintings and portraits in oil and marble are celebrated for the depth of their humanity and vibrant character.
I graduated from Wimbledon School of Art in London after studying Fine Art, Sculpture. While originally I developed an artistic practice making abstract sculpture and painting, I continued to work on the art of portrait painting. During this time I became increasingly interested in renaissance and baroque painting techniques, and had the opportunity to study under James Scrace, a pupil of Pietro Annigone’s, who taught me the techniques of the Italian masters.
I continue to use these techniques in my oil portraits, gaining commissions from a wide variety of clients. One of my favourite oil painting techniques is the ‘grisaille’ method, where I paint the portrait in a monotone or grey (grisaille in french) and then glaze over the underpainting in thin layers of oil paint. This creates a very beautiful optical effect where light passes through each glaze like through a stained glass window, giving a luminous quality to the portraits.
My portrait paintings have been filmed in real time and show the process of painting these glazes on grisaille, to provide inspiration and instruction to artists learning this technique. As well as examples on this site, these can be seen on my Patreon page.
Glazing oil paints is a magical transformative technique where light shines through each glaze, giving the impression that the painting and the sitter are illuminated from within. Each person has a beautiful inner life that is evoked through this beautiful method.
As well as painting in oils I also make bronze portraits and carve portraits directly in marble. All the marble I use is sourced in the famous Carrara mountains in Italy, the same marble as used by sculptors such as Michelangelo during the renaissance.
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Tel: +44 (0)7855 789 676