Marie Harnett

Marie Harnett was born in 1983 in Hertfordshire, England. She studied drawing and painting at Edinburgh College of Art, graduating in 2006. In 2007 Harnett was selected for the Contemporary Art Society’s ARTfutures at Bloomberg Space, London, and exhibited at The Aspect Prize at the Paisley Museum, Paisley, Scotland.

Harnett makes highly detailed, meticulous drawings derived from film stills which capture fleeting moments of drama, beauty and suspense. By removing the stills from their context and reworking them as intricate pencil studies, Harnett focuses on every aspect of pose, light and texture. Harnett also explores these themes in her printmaking, which include large scale linocut prints of images built up from black and white curving lines, which can take up to one month to carve, and a series of mezzotints, which are housed in the permanent collection of the British Museum, London.

Recent solo and group exhibitions include The British Museum, London; Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam (2023); Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (2022); Cristea Roberts Gallery, London (2021, 2017); BcmA, Berlin (2020); Städtische Galerie, Bietigheim-Bissingen; Haugesund Museum of Fine Art, Haugesund (2019); Yale Center for British Art, Connecticut (2017); Theodore: Art, New York, USA (2017); Royal Academy of Arts, London (2023, 2018, 2016); Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague (2016); Bremen Kunsthalle, Bremen (2015) and Galleria Bonomo, Rome (2014). In 2019 Harnett completed a residency at The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Connecticut.

Harnett’s works are held in international public and private collections including British Museum, London; National Galleries Scotland, Edinburgh; Government Art Collection, London; Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh; Städtische Galerie Bietigheim-Bissingen; Yale Centre for British Art, Connecticut; and Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Marie Harnett lives and works in London.

For a complete list of available works by Marie Harnett please contact [email protected]



Marie Harnett: What Was My Own Exhibition Film

This short film features an interview with Marie Harnett on the occasion of her solo exhibition at the gallery, What Was My Own, on view from 13 April - 15 May 2021.

Marie Harnett Artists in Lockdown

During the first 2020 COVID-19 lockdown we asked several of our artists to send us videos from lockdown. Marie Harnett shares this film and some new drawings, never …

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