“We seem to be universally drawn to water. Why is this? Is it a primordial returning, a humbling of scale, a sense of childhood nostalgia, a cleansing? Regardless of the connection, the draw to the transforming nature of water is undeniable.
The symbolism water provided me allowed for other imagery to grow. Paintings of sleep are no different, in the narrative of escape, than figures in water. Diving boards and tightropes examine stepping out of our comfort zone to grow and to change. The leaf sprouting from a branch...all part of the same thing.
My work reflects our collective desire for transformation into something ideal. In my paintings I try to create a sense of sanctuary using the metaphor of water, sleep, landscape or sky. I believe that even in its ephemeral state, these places lift us - freeing us from the weight of our world and allowing us to dream.
The images I make transport me to a place of calmness and to a sense of connecting something maternal and eternal. At times my subject matter may be surrendering to something unknown, while others they are basking in the clarity of light. I hope to convey a sense of contentment and poise in either part of the journey, as I believe one state cannot exist without the other.”
Born in 1957 in Villeneuve sur Lot, France, Marc Harrold is primarily a self-taught artist who currently resides in Paris.
Harrold's early career in journalism led him to discover his affinity for photography. In 1980, he participated in the creation of the Filtra-Presse agency. By the following decade, his focus shifted more specifically to photography and advertising.
Over the years he worked with many leading ad agencies including: Leo Burnett, Publicis Estrella, Grey, EURORSCG, 46° nord, all while continuing to develop his personal artistic style.
In 2005, Harrold began to show his work publicly, and the response was overwhelmingly positive. Since then, he has exhibited in Paris, London, Barcelona, Milan, Singapore, Melbourne, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and more.
Harrold's montage-like compositions are generally the result of his imagination. In his beach scenes, the artist's mark-making evolves through a process of transforming his subjects into generically recognizable shapes. This streamlining of detail results in a visceral reaction to the image, one that is both universal and uniquely personal.
The appeal of this artist's work has much to do with its elegant simplicity. A limited or lightly saturated palette is often juxtaposed against an oversized field of pure cathartic, white. Harrold's C-prints are then facemounted to Diasec©, affixed to an aluminum substrate and then suspended with a hidden support allowing them to float in space.