Deconstructed Portraits by Henrietta Harris

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New Zealand-based artist Henrietta Harris creates watercolor paintings that often involve portraiture with a departure into the surreal with faces skillfully obscured and misplaced by the clean sweep of a brushstroke.

When asked about her inspiration for her works she replies: “I get this question so frequently – inspiration and influences- but it’s very hard to pin down, and I also like to keep some sort of secrecy and enigma. I suppose mainly I was focusing on trying to stir up feelings in people when they view the art and also trying to push traditional portraiture in interesting ways. The main thing I want is for the viewer to relate to the pieces in their own way, by taking what they want from them.”

All images © Henrietta Harris

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