T.S. Harris…

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Well, it’s almost summer, the sun is out, and I’m daydreaming about the beach. My imagination looks a lot like these fun retro paintings by artist Tracey Sylvester Harris.

Harris uses mid century photographs, that she often finds at flea markets and yard sales, as inspiration for her paintings. Her compositions are bold and her brushwork rough, to keep the work current.

I love this description of Harris’ artwork from her website

“The paintings are colorful but bittersweet in their depictions of fleeting moments of summer captured almost a lifetime ago. The leisure time of the past in these paintings is an elegant era – one of stylish red swimsuits, flowered white caps, and scarlet lipstick. Looking closely at the paintings however, reveals Harris’s true theme.

In one painting, a woman in a red suit and white cap contemplates the ripples encircling her. Like all of Harris’s female swimmers, the woman betrays no sense of vulnerability. She is a master of moving through the metaphorical waters of life.”

Images found here.

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