As a child, Gregor Harvie was taught to paint one-to-one by a local artist in Devon. He went on to study architecture at the Welsh School of Architecture, and then obtained a PhD in environmental design and computational fluid dynamics.
He was the troubleshooter for the design and construction of the Millennium Dome in Greenwich for four years. There he worked 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’. He was Director of Earth Day at the Dome, attended by 35,000 people and part of the world's biggest ever environmental celebration.
He then went to art college, where he was awarded a post graduate diploma in fine art and won the de Laszlo Foundation Prize for Portraiture.
He has had three solo exhibitions in London. ‘Constructed’ was an installation of 50 abstract portraits suspended on trapeze wires in Hoxton’s Circus Space. His second solo show was at the elegant Flying Colours gallery in Chelsea, a thought-provoking re-interpretation of the contemporary British landscape. His third show was a multi-media event in the Crypt Gallery and St Pancras Parish Church in Euston. The show involved 50 abstract paintings and 50 texts exploring population growth and the over-exploitation of natural resources. It was accompanied by a public debate and sales of paintings raised money for the charity Street Child Africa.
His next piece was a video animation exploring Alzheimer’s, featuring the story of Eileen Dyson, an actress who appeared in 6 episodes of Morecambe and Wise’s BBC show ‘Double Six’. The animation tracks Eileen’s optimistic experience of living with Alzheimer’s.
Gregor recently re-located to a Scottish island where he has created a studio with stunning views across the firth of Clyde.
His current work focuses on the fundamentals of physics at the very small scale. This is a particularly fascinating field because it is remains so unresolved. Even seemingly simple concepts such as the nature of matter, energy and gravity remain largely unexplained.
Whilst we understand these things experientially – we can touch a rock and feel it is solid, and we can throw a ball in the air and watch it will fall back to earth - trying to explain why and how has created only partial and ultimately unsatisfactory theories that seem increasingly distant from the world we think we know.
One of the many powers of art is its ability to investigate and engage with the unknowable. We do not need to show every blade of grass to convey the idea of a field. The field is a concept we accept incomplete. Symbols convey complex thoughts and patterns communicate meaning.
Gregor’s paintings explore physics through the juxtaposition of pattern, colour, symbol and form. His work places pairs and opposites, lattices and waves, interactions, impacts and revelations in indivisible quantum of space and time. It expresses the paradox of a universe that can be seen, felt and inhabited, but not known.
Each piece is conceived as a single vision, a window that frames this fascinating subject from a unique perspective. There is no single image can that capture the nature of our universe, it can only be pieced together from fragments of ideas.