Artist Gregor Harvie

Artist Gregor Harvie uses his creative practice to push the boundaries of understanding, tackling the most complex and fundamental questions of our time. Academically trained to the highest level in art, architecture and science, he harnesses the power of thought experiments, visualisations and material expression to create bodies of work that are both seductive images and rigorous investigations of his subjects.

In his current work, Gregor considers society’s reliance on physics to uncover the mysteries of the universe, arguing that we also need a leap of imagination. His large-scale works take some of the most fascinating ideas from physics and from those, conceive visual expressions of fundamental structures that might reveal an underlying truth to the nature of the universe. Gregor is supported in his work by the Quantum Theory Group at the University of Glasgow, who are helping him understand current thinking about physics and offering a sounding board for the ideas he is developing.

The Quantum Theory Group has commissioned Gregor to create two large paintings to celebrate 200 years since the birth of eminent physicist Lord Kelvin.  Gregor has used computer modelling to construct thousands of Kelvin cells - his solution to the structure of space - creating an intricate lattice that is the basis of his highly-patterned paintings. The two contrasting pieces confront one another – one representing the light universe and one the dark universe. The light universe encompasses everything we are familiar with, the universe that we see and feel. The dark universe in contrast is a mystery, comprising dark matter and dark energy, about which virtually nothing is known.

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“Something indescribably beautiful must emerge from all these terrors and wonders. It always has; it will again. Artists create their visions of beauty out of the machinery of the imagination; the beauty of science lies in the sightings of nature’s grace.”   Leon Ledermann, Quantum Physics for Poets.

Painting #2112 - 122cm x 122cm acrylic on 2 panels

| quantum ≈ indivisible |

| pair ≠ opposite ≈ balance ≈ (cancel) |

| solid ∴ mass ∴ attract | path + interact = distort |

|(revert / return) ≠ collapse |

| concentrate ≈ agglomerate | diffuse² |

| relate | (autonomous / alone) |

| absolute ≠ ambiguous | unknown ≠ unknowable |

Physics art - painting by artist Gregor Harvie


Alzheimer’s is a complex video animation featuring the life of Eileen Dyson, an actress who appeared in six episodes of Morecambe and Wise’s BBC show ‘Double Six’. The animation tracks Eileen’s optimistic experience of living with Alzheimer’s and challenges our perception of the disease. It was developed with input from Eileen’s family as well as metaphysician Dr Kim Jobst, the Psychology Department at Bristol University, and Baroness Susan Greenfield.

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Alzheimer's video by artist Gregor Harvie

Gene Meme

Gene Meme involved 50 abstract paintings representing the proliferation of life and 50 elegies exploring the over-exploitation of natural resources by civilisations throughout history. Installed in the Crypt under St Pancras Parish Church in London, it focussed on the highly controversial issue of population growth and was accompanied by a public debate chaired by broadcaster Geoff Watts and featuring zoologist Aubrey Manning. Sales of paintings raised money for the charity Street Child Africa. Each painting sold allowed a child to be taken off the streets and given an apprenticeship, clothes and a place to live for a year.

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Gene Meme exhibition by artist Gregor Harvie


‘Constructed’ was an installation of 50 portraits suspended on trapeze wires in the National Centre for Circus Arts, a converted combustion chamber behind Hoxton Square in London. An exposé of the much-misunderstood process of abstraction, each set of trapezes presented a series of portraits of the same subject, starting in the same way from the same viewpoint. But each subsequent painting was developed to reveal something new, and in so doing, the sequences became progressively more abstract, moving beyond any semblance of literal representation to expose more insightful underlying truths.

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Constructed art installation by artist Gregor Harvie

Ploughed land

Ploughed land was held in the elegant Flying Colours gallery in Chelsea. Presented by Lena Boyle, the show challenged modern interpretations of the British landscape. Often romanticised and idealised in art, Gregor instead presented contemporary landscapes as human-made products, exploited and defaced by progressive intervention over thousands of years – even in the most remote and apparently wild places.

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Ploughed Land exhibition by artist Gregor Harvie

Millennium Dome

Gregor was the trouble-shooter for the design and construction of the controversial Millennium Dome in Greenwich for four years, working with architects such as Richard Rogers and Zaha Hadid, and artists such as Anish Kapoor. He worked on the delivery of 10 installations at the Dome, including the Rest Zone, a contemplative, immersive experience of art and sound, featuring Artangel’s 1,000-year composition ‘Longplayer’. 

Rest Zone - Gregor Harvie

Gregor is a qualified architect, with a BSc in architectural studies, a BArch and a PhD in fluid dynamics. He is the creator of Designing Buildings, an online collaborative website used by 7 million people a year.

He was trained to paint one-to-one by a professional artist throughout his childhood and has a post graduate diploma in Fine Art from the City & Guilds of London Art School where he was awarded the de Laszlo Foundation Prize for Portraiture. He has had three solo shows in London and has exhibited in numerous group shows, and art fairs. 

In 2012, Gregor began the search for a new subject for his artistic practice, and eventually settled on fundamental physics as the most complex, challenging and far-reaching subject of them all. He began a long period of research and made the decision to leave London for a fresh start. In 2015 he bought a rundown manse on a small island in Scotland. This required major renovation to breathe new life into the tired Victorian building and to create a large studio. In 2020 he relocated to Scotland permanently and began his artistic exploration of physics in earnest.

Gregor Harvie

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