A contemporary American artist, Zach Harris is best known for his carved panel paintings that combine mystical imagery, illusionistic patterning, and intricate figuration. These works both honor and obscure the art histories that they draw from.
Born in 1976 in Santa Rosa, California, USA, Harris currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. He earned his BA from Bard College, Red Hook, NY and his MFA from Hunter College, New York, NY. His works was on view at venues such as Perrotin, New York, Seoul, and Paris, David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, Feuer/Mesler Gallery, New York, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, Belfast, ME and Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai.
The psychedelic visions of Zach Harris immerse viewers in the unfathomable depths of mysterious cosmologies, suggesting timeless rituals, which have yet to be deciphered. His paintings are characterized by the use of repetition and internal frames and the color palette of subdued browns and deep ochres. These works evoke a range of influences from folk art to a diversity of Eastern and Western art-historical traditions, including the highly demanding ornamental quality of Persian miniatures, the elaborate woodwork of Christian altarpieces or the radial vibrancy and spiritual dimension of Tibetan mandalas. “Within a single small shape one can detect worlds within worlds where logic fields resolve and contrast endlessly with one another,” the artist explained.
Featured image: Zach Harris - Eclipse Eye, 2018 (detail). Carved wood, water-based paint, ink. 39 × 36 in. 99 × 91.4 cm. This is a unique work. Photo courtesy Perrotin