Kevin Harrison adopted Charleston as his "hometown" in 1997 and quickly made a name for himself as an artist. Known for his contemporary urban style, Harrison draws inspiration from architectural design, abstract landscapes, iconic street scenes, saturated color and abstract imagery. "I find myself drawn toward images of street scenes, jazz clubs, night owls and extreme detail, such as cracks in the sidewalk," says Harrison. His most recent paintings are aerial views looking down at the city landscapes. This is a new perspective from his previous works and will be featured in an exhibition at Corneau Goldsmithing Jewelry Gallery at 92 Hasell Street in an opening reception Friday, June 2nd from 5 pm - 8 pm.
"My family and I recently returned from living abroad in Spain and Ireland and so this is my first exhibition since returning to the US. It's the only gallery where my works will be for sale in Charleston. Michael (Corneau) and I have known each other since high school and in fact, I was the one who encouraged him to move his jewelry design business to Charleston," says Harrison. "Of course this is where I want my newest paintings to hang."
Besides new original paintings, there will be several of his more well-known pieces printed as giclées with artist embellishments, newly signed for sale. His paintings, featuring aerial perspectives of cities like Charleston, Paris and Charlotte, will be shown alongside the custom-jewelry designs of Michael Corneau.
"As an artist, I am deeply inspired by my surroundings. For me, my inspiration comes from the light and facets of color in gemstones which move me to design wearable works of art showcasing these colors." says Corneau Goldsmithing owner and founder, Michael Corneau. "Kevin also is inspired by his surroundings - perspective, colors and locations all play starring roles in his works of art. We are very excited to reunite and offer our art - both hanging and wearable - together to Charleston residents and visitors."