Biography

Vanda Harvey was born in Hampshire in 1957 and sadly died in July 2015 after a long battle with cancer.

She was married to architect Michael Chivers and also worked with him until 1987.

She studied for her Fine Art degree at North East London Polytechnic in Walthamstow from 1982 -1985 and completed her Masters degree at Brighton three years later. Tutors included Simon Lewis, Laurie Preece, Mali Morris and Bert Irvin.

In 1987, Harvey moved into a studio squat in Gough Street, Holborn with ten other recent art school graduates including sculptor Ann Carrington, theatre designer Jacqueline Gunn, sculptor Dan Harvey, glass artist Tim Shaw and glass installation artist Chris Bird-Jones.

She travelled to China in 1988 to study Chinese landscape painting and calligraphy. In the same year Brighton College awarded her the Redfern Prize.

In 1989, she moved her studio to Charterhouse Street in Farringdon and travelled extensively in Russia. Working with Quinton King, the screen prints ‘Forbidden City’, ‘Temple of Heaven’, ‘Flame’ and ‘Another Country’ were created. Short-listed for the British Airways award in painting.

Harvey moved her studio and her home to a warehouse in Hackney in 1990 and continued to work on paintings for her first New York exhibition, ‘Harmony of Opposites’, the following year.

From 1991 until the present day, she continues to create work for commissions and exhibitions internationally in London, Japan, Hong Kong and Europe. Harvey’s paintings are held by some of the world’s major corporations but also by many private collectors who respond to her vision of the world.

In 1996 short-listed for the inaugural Jerwood Prize in painting.

In 2006, she moved once more to live and work in Camberwell. Research in the port of Soller in Mallorca resulted in the ‘Safe Harbour’ series of images. More recently the inspiration of Zanzibar has informed watercolours themed around ‘Diving’ and ‘Islands’

Harvey’s range of influence is extensive; so too, her collaboration. In 2006 she worked with Advanced Graphics in London to produce the ‘Hours’ suite of screen prints. In 2007, a chance meeting again with Tim Shaw, glass artist, led to Harvey attending glass-blowing workshops in Istanbul and then travelling to work directly with Tim in his studio in Adelaide, Australia. The ‘Goya’ series of unique hand-blown glass vessels represents the latest form for Harvey to explore.

Harvey is dedicated to painting daily in her studio. Her latest work, a red painting still in search of its title, extends the ‘Ice Dance’ series.