From the Demon Series, 1999, Oil, gloss and varnish on board, 79x109cm
The Demon Series, 1999, was conceptualised by artist Peter Harris as a visual exploration of the 'demons' of human consciousness. From 'success' to 'loneliness', Harris focused on things that provoke feelings of panic and anxiety, wreaking chaos on our psychological states. He personified these through the creation of rubber-moulded masks worn by his friends, who, under Harris' direction, acted out these internal struggles. Harris captured the role-plays through photographs, which went on to inspire the paintings seen here. With their ominous captions, deep red backgrounds and the contorted faces of their masked protagonists, the series embodies the absurd and irrational anxiety that can engulf our minds.
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