San Diego artist Wade Harb utilizes a range of media on steel, aluminum, copper, wood, and canvas to create contemporary images that have the look and feel of something long lost and discovered at an archaeological dig. These works are infused with earthy colors and textures that appear almost fossilized in their intricate folds and details. Wade works with colors that are mute and organic; colors that abound in nature. Viewers are asked to touch the works to get an appreciation of the tactile nature of the surfaces.
materials: steel, paper, aluminum, copper, wood, canvas, plaster, pigment.
inclination: experimentation with these various materials has created this body of work. casting plaster on a variety of substrates, i create a sculpture of sorts. pigment follows with as many as twenty layers of oil. the outcome is abstract, yet i strive to create images that are organic and antique like, as if recently unearthed from civilizations past. the colors are earthen, the textures fossilized, a sculptural image emerges thick and deep. the composition can be spontaneous and often not intended but improvised; as if it comes from a place absent of reason where only spirits live. i often stare at the product of my work not sure how i was involved. yet i know i am compelled to do this over and over again in all its agony, dissonance, contradiction, and extreme frustration. and, i know the outcome i allow will be a settling of all these elements. to share this with but one who sneaks a glimpse of where i’ve been is truly magical. my work on paper is an exploration of color and form. the images are inspired by landscapes and natural elements.
Wade’s work is in many private and corporate collections.
B.A. Economics, University California San Diego
Artes Medical Corporate Offices
Clearview Medical Center
2017 Harb Open Studio, Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery, San Diego, CA
2016 Harb Open Studio, San Diego, CA
2015 Hard & Soft, C Gallery, San Diego
2013 Nocturne--Group show, Protea Gallery
2013 "15 Minutes of Fame" Installation--SDMA
2013 Juxtaposed, Wade Harb & Bunnye Meisel
2012 Art San Diego , Balboa Park, San Diego, CA
2011 Temporal Variations, Solo Exhibition, Park Blvd. Art Works
2010 Mollie Kellog & Wade Harb, Bard Gallery, San Diego, CA
2009 “Movers & Shakers”, Art Expressions Gallery, San Diego
2009 “Facing East” Art Expressions Gallery, San Diego, CA
2008 “Gender Narratives” with Michele K. Goodwin, Patrick Moore Gallery, San Diego, CA
2007 Crossroads Contemporary Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2007 “Primal Signs” Bard Hall Gallery, San Diego, CA
2004 COVA Open Studios Tour, San Diego, CA
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