Marcus Harvey

Myra by Marcus Harvey (1995)

Marcus Harvey (born 1963 in Leeds) is an English artist and painter, one of the Young British Artists (YBAs).



Harvey has shown work internationally in many exhibitions including ‘The Führer's Cakes’ at Galleria Marabini in Bologna, ‘Snaps’ at White Cube in London, ‘Sex and the British’ at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in Salzburg and ' London Calling: Young British Artists Criss-Crossed’ at Galleri Kaare Berntsen in Oslo.

Life and art

Marcus Harvey grew up in Moortown, a suburb of Leeds. He graduated from Goldsmiths College in 1986, and is also an alumnus of the Leeds College of Art. At that time he became a close friend of Damien Hirst. Harvey did not take part in the Freeze show as he had graduated from Goldsmiths earlier, but Hirst included him when he curated Some Went Mad, Some Ran Away (1994). Harvey's work attracted the attention of Charles Saatchi.

Harvey is known for his tabloid-provoking 9 by 11 feet (2.7 by 3.4 m) portrayal of Moors murderer Myra Hindley, created from the handprints of children, and shown in the Sensation exhibition at the Royal Academy of Art in 1997. The painting had to be temporarily removed from display for repair after it was attacked in two separate incidents on the opening day, in which ink and eggs were thrown at it.[1] The Times newspaper's art critic, Richard Cork, wrote that:

Far from cynically exploiting her notoriety, Harvey's grave and monumental canvas succeeds in conveying the enormity of the crime she committed. Seen from afar, through several doorways, Hindley's face looms at us like an apparition. By the time we get close enough to realise that it is spattered with children's handprints, the sense of menace becomes overwhelming.[2]

As critic John A. Walker explains, "the units of mark from which the iconic image was constructed were not brushmarks of pigment but a child’s open palm prints. (To be precise, the prints were made with a plaster cast of a child’s hand, not the hand itself.) When viewed from a distance Myra Hindley’s face dominates, but close up the handprints are foregrounded.".[3]

See also


  1. ^ Alberge, Dalya (19 September 1997), "Attacks force Hindley portrait to be moved" (subscription required), The Times,, retrieved 29 September 2009 
  2. ^ Cork, Richard (16 September 1997), "The Establishment clubbed" (subscription required), The Times,, retrieved 30 September 2009 
  3. ^ Walker, John A. (Spring 1998). Marcus Harvey’s "sick, disgusting" painting of Myra Hindley [1]. Tate, the art magazine/artdesigncafe. Retrieved 9 October 2010

External links

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Marcus Steed — Personal information Full name Marcus Harvey Steed Born 8 May 1975 (1975 05 08) (age 36) Market Harborough, Leicestershire, England Batting style Right handed Bowling style Right arm medium fast …   Wikipedia

  • Harvey Awards — Harvey Award Pour les articles homonymes, voir Harvey. Les Harvey Awards sont des prix qui récompensent les meilleurs bandes dessinées américaines. Ils ont été créé en 1988 suite à l interruption des Kirby Awards. Les Harvey Awards sont décernés… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Marcus Garvey (album) — Marcus Garvey Studio album by Burning Spear Released December 12, 1975 …   Wikipedia

  • Marcus Whelan — Personal information Birth June 27, 1914(1914 06 27) Recruited from Noorat Height and weight 175 cm / 6 …   Wikipedia

  • Marcus Camby — Camby with the Clippers No. 23   Portland Trail Blazers Center / Power forward …   Wikipedia

  • Marcus Stroud — No.       Free Agent Defensive end Personal information Date of birth: June 25, 1978 (1978 06 25) (age 33) Place …   Wikipedia

  • Harvey Mason — Hervey Mason en 2004 Datos generales Nacimiento 22 de febrero de 1947 (64 a …   Wikipedia Español

  • Marcus Fizer — Position Power forward Small forward Height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) Weight 265 lb (120 kg) Team Free agent Born August 10, 1978 (197 …   Wikipedia

  • Marcus' Children — aka Social Living Studio album by Burning Spear Released 1978 …   Wikipedia

  • Marcus Brown — Marcus Brown …   Wikipédia en Français

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.