Photograph of Artist MARIO JOYCE HARPER
MARIO JOYCE HARPER
New York, New York - United States



Original Artworks (13)

Mario Joyce Harper; The Clearing, 2013, Original Painting Acrylic, 24 x 18 inches.
Mario Joyce Harper
Original Acrylic Painting, 2013
24 x 18 inches (61.0 x 45.7 cm)
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Mario Joyce Harper; Sunbathers, 2013, Original Painting Oil, 36 x 24 inches.
Mario Joyce Harper
Original Oil Painting, 2013
36 x 24 inches (91.4 x 61.0 cm)
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Mario Joyce Harper; Nervous Bride, 2014, Original Painting Acrylic, 24 x 34 inches.
Mario Joyce Harper
Original Acrylic Painting, 2014
24 x 34 inches (61.0 x 86.4 cm)
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Mario Joyce Harper; Eulogy, 2014, Original Painting Oil, 36 x 24 inches.
Mario Joyce Harper
Original Oil Painting, 2014
36 x 24 inches (91.4 x 61.0 cm)
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Mario Joyce Harper; But Where Are Our Prisoners, 2014, Original Painting Oil, 24 x 20 inches.
Mario Joyce Harper
Original Oil Painting, 2014
24 x 20 inches (61.0 x 50.8 cm)
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Mario Joyce Harper; Seen Not Heard, 2014, Original Pastel Oil, 6 x 4 feet. Artwork description: 241   Oil Pastel and Oil Paint on Paper  ...
Mario Joyce Harper
Original Oil Pastel, 2014
6 x 4 feet (1.83 x 1.22 m)
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Mario Joyce Harper; Republic , 2014, Original Pastel Oil, 6 x 4 feet. Artwork description: 241  Oil Pastel and Oil Paint on Paper ...
Mario Joyce Harper
Original Oil Pastel, 2014
6 x 4 feet (1.83 x 1.22 m)
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Mario Joyce Harper; Revival, 2013, Original Painting Oil, 24 x 20 inches.
Mario Joyce Harper
Original Oil Painting, 2013
24 x 20 inches (61.0 x 50.8 cm)
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Mario Joyce Harper; We Saw You Coming, 2013, Original Painting Oil, 36 x 22 inches.
Mario Joyce Harper
Original Oil Painting, 2013
36 x 22 inches (91.4 x 55.9 cm)
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Mario Joyce Harper; Other Side, 2013, Original Painting Oil, 30 x 30 inches. Artwork description: 241  ( 2014) 30
Mario Joyce Harper
Original Oil Painting, 2013
30 x 30 inches (76.2 x 76.2 cm)
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Mario Joyce Harper; Long Distance, 2013, Original Painting Oil, 24 x 18 inches. Artwork description: 241   oil paint on canvas  ...
Mario Joyce Harper
Original Oil Painting, 2013
24 x 18 inches (61.0 x 45.7 cm)
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Mario Joyce Harper; Boxer, 2014, Original Mixed Media, 30 x 30 inches. Artwork description: 241  oil paint over a collage of 1917 grocery receipts from Holmes County, OH ( Amish Country)   ...
Mario Joyce Harper
Original Mixed Media, 2014
30 x 30 inches (76.2 x 76.2 cm)
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Mario Joyce Harper; Krishna Slovenska, 2014, Original Mixed Media, 30 x 30 inches. Artwork description: 241
Mario Joyce Harper
Original Mixed Media, 2014
30 x 30 inches (76.2 x 76.2 cm)
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Artist Statement

Exploring how ancestry influences our daily subconscious is integral to my work as a visual artist. I am interested in the parallels of our lives with those of our ancestors and, therefore, showing possibility of fellowship within humanity by communicating the quiet desperation of discrimination. Through genealogical research, I discover Native American slaves, Slovak immigrants and free African Americans with rich and impactful stories, unrecorded in traditional history books. Ultimately, I feel compelled to visually convey the narrative of each ancestor.
Before an idea can be executed, it is extremely important to be acquainted with the cultural background of the subject. Only then can an honest portrayal of the mood and emotion be displayed in my work. Heavy brushstrokes and texture have always been key elements. Movement in the piece is intended to grab the viewer by the senses and make them a key witness to the narrative. While I am proficient in charcoal, pastel and acrylic, working with mixed media always involves vintage printed materials. I draw or paint the subject over a collage of the materials allowing both to create a dialogue within the piece. In oil, I create a bright and emotionally charged piece in hopes the energy will excite and create a bridge into a world comfortably nostalgic, yet complex and foreign all the same....

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