Harper's work has been featured in film, television and my living room. While he is a phenomenal artist, Gus really excels as a friend.
Keep it up, Gus!
Gus and I are old friends, and it is no surprise to hear him describe his process, hobbies and life as fairly solitary. Over the years, however, I've seen Gus collaborate with a number of artists to create works that were more than what he could achieve alone. In the past this has involved other mediums like body painting or photography. Here Gus works with another amazing painter, they share the canvas.
Gus and Gronk working together on the same images is wonderful to watch. Read the rest
Hawk Jensen at Smock Productions made this quick short of artist Gus Harper working in his studio. It is a lot of fun watching Gus create, but you have to remember to ask him if you want a time lapse of your commission.
Gus had this to say about the project:
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It's a collaborative piece with me as the artist and professional cameraman Isaac Rodriquez as the videographer. We had this as a video installation at the last show. It was a big hit. The models are mostly body painted in front of my backdrops. It was just a way of documenting my body painting by capturing the ephemeral body art on film. The title comes from the fact that there is a lot of copper in the imagery. It made a port friend of my think about the iron age, the Stone Age, the Bronze Age… How through all this roughness there is always been the soft beauty of femininity.
I've always loved sharing artist Gus Harper's work. Regardless if it is time-lapse videos of Gus working, photos our readers have told me ARE safe for work, or just news about a forthcoming show. This time I get to share something special! Gus painted the owl above for me, to fix my living room and get me out of a funk.
Commissioning a piece of art from Gus was a lot of fun! I was reluctant to give him any direction beyond showing him some photos of the wall in question and my living room, but thankfully Gus knew what he was doing. We talked about prior pieces of his that I particularly enjoy and focused on his paintings of Lions. I'm not the only one who loved that series, and one piece was featured in the recent biopic on N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton, decorating Dr. Dre's office.
A lion, however is not the animal for that wall. Gus promptly noted that my shelves, and most every flat surface, were filled with owls that I have collected over the years. Serendipitously, Gus had just painted his first owl, ever, a week or so before, just for fun and was itching to work on a larger piece. Sketches flew back and forth, I changed the color of the wall the painting would sit on, and got a new rug. When Gus' painting showed up, I knew my living room was right... for the time being.
Gus has been up to a lot more than just decorating Hollywood movies, and my home. Read the rest