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Paul Harvey
Born 7 May 1960 (1960-05-07)
Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire
Nationality English
Field Painting
Training North Staffordshire Polytechnic
Movement Stuckism
Works The Stuckists Punk Victorian, Madonna

Paul Harvey (born 7 May 1960) is a British musician and Stuckist artist, whose work was used to promote their 2004 show at the Liverpool Biennial. [1] His paintings are influenced by Alfons Mucha, and often include images of female celebrities.


Life and career

Paul Harvey was born in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire. He attended Burton Grammar School (1971–78) and North Staffordshire Polytechnic (1978–82) for Foundation Art and BA (Hons) Design.[1] In 1982 he moved to London and played in post-punk bands in London; in 1986 he moved to Newcastle to join Pauline Murray's band.[1] During this time, he co-published-and-drew Mauretania Comics with comics artist Chris Reynolds, and also taught graffiti art.[1]

Paul Harvey's painting on the cover of the book The Stuckists Punk Victorian

In 2001, he became a full-time lecturer in art and design at North Tyneside College. The same year, he joined the Stuckism art group, founding a Newcastle branch.[1] In 2002, he joined Murray's re-formed punk band Penetration; he curated the show, Stuck in Newcastle, at the Newcastle Arts Centre,[1] and was a joint winner of the Stuckists Real Turner Prize Show 2002'.[2]

He showed with the group at the Wednesbury Museum in 2003.[3] 2003–2005, he gained an MA in Fine Art Practice at the University of Northumbria.[1][3] In 2004, he was the Stuckist co-curator with Hiroko Oshima of the Ryu Art Group of the show, Members Only: the Artist Group in Japan and Britain,[1] which took place at the Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick.

He was a featured artist in The Stuckists Punk Victorian show at the Walker Art Gallery for the 2004 Liverpool Biennial,[4] His painting of artist and model Emily Mann was used to promote the show. The painting was based on a photograph of Mann by Charles Thomson and was originally intended to promote the Stuckists Real Turner Prize Show 2003: at that time the placard contained the text, "Serota needs a good spanking".[1] However, according to Harvey, another artist Gina Bold "got really angry and started a debate about the S&M/fetish allusion. She got really pissed off with me because I didn’t agree with her. Then it got a bit nasty—the whole thing was just daft. Then the show got cancelled—and it had all been a complete waste of my fucking time."[1] He later repainted the placard with a woman's face, and it was used in this form for the Walker show.[1]

In 2006, he was one of the ten "leading Stuckists"[5] in the Go West exhibition at Spectrum London gallery. In 2007, he was in the show, I Won't Have Sex with You as Long as We're Married, at the A Gallery.[6]


Madonna, by Paul Harvey, 2002.

His images are often derived from pictures of film and singing "stars" in magazines, and reworked into a new context, sometimes with an obvious reference to the work of Alfons Mucha. The incorporation of modern symbols poses an ambiguity as to the amount of irony present, though the artist has claimed that he does not intend this.[7] Possibly his best-known work is a painting of the singer Madonna. The elements mentioned are clearly visible, with small dumbbells around the border, for example and a lively, provocative Madonna, contrasting with Art Nouveau curves and languidity.

Ford Anglia with Tent and Giotto Tree

He has described his work as strong line defining flat areas of colour, "dealing with ideas of beauty and decoration" and often appropriating images from art history and popular culture.[3]

He describes his methodology: "I use photographs but change the composition on a computer. I project onto canvas, trace the masses with a blue pencil, paint the details freehand with a sable brush, and the larger areas two to four times (for opacity) with Japanese or decorator’s brushes. I often change figures to get it right. I paint incessantly at home—paintings take up to three months."[1]


Notes and references

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Milner, Frank ed. The Stuckists Punk Victorian, p.74, National Museums Liverpool 2004. ISBN 1-902700-27-9
  2. ^ Prudames, David. "The Real Turner Prize 2002", Culture 24. Retrieved 19 September 2009.
  3. ^ a b c Buckman, David. Dictionary of Artists in Britain since 1945: Volume 1, p. 694, Art Dictionaries, Bristol, 2006. ISBN 095326095-X
  4. ^ "The Stuckists Punk Victorian", Walker Art Gallery, National Museums Liverpool. Retrieved 19 March 2008.
  5. ^ "Go West", The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 29 March 2008.
  6. ^ "I Won't Have Sex with You as long as We're Married", Retrieved 19 March 2008.
  7. ^ "Paul Harvey: Nigella Lawson painting interview", Retrieved 27 March 2008.

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