Born in 1989 in London, Rebecca Harper is a multi-disciplinary artist. Harper studied Drawing and Applied Arts at UWE Bristol and went on to graduate from both The Royal Drawing School and the Turps Art School. Harper has since been awarded the Michael Moritz Residency in Tuscany and the Modi Institute of Fine Art Residency in India.
Harper's first solo exhibition was held at Huxley-Parlour Gallery in 2019. Harper's work has also been shown in a number prestigious group shows, including the 2019 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and Bloomberg New Contemporaries at South London Gallery in 2018. In 2018, she was also awarded the Ryder Project Studio Prize and the Artist Collecting Society Studio Prize. Her work is held in multiple private and public collections, including Dumfries House Collection and the Royal Collection. Harper's self-portrait, Him and I (2017), was acquired by Ruth Borchard Collection in 2017. Since 2014, Harper has, via the Royal Drawing School, taught at The Saatchi Gallery, The V&A Museum of Childhood, the Southbank Centre and The National Gallery. As of 2020, Harper is represented by Anima Mundi Gallery.
Harper is largely a figurative painter. Her works explore themes of transience, displacement and nostalgia. Harper's oeuvre engages with what it means to connect with the world around us, conjuring liminal spaces that blend a vivid dreamlike quality with reconstructed memories. Her most recent work, made during the lockdown caused by Covid-19, has explored moments of change and upheaval and the self-imposed rituals that mark these periods.
Harper's Him and I captures the potential for vibrancy in everyday moments through oil on canvas. Harper stands before the sink while her companion stands in the shower, the reflection of her robe visible in the shower's glass pane. Harper's dual portrait explores the way in which the 'self' is shaped by its relation to others, its multiple reflective surfaces creating a cinematographic quality to the work.