We are excited and so proud to present Sol Harris's work in collaboration with Studio By The Tracks, a wonderful organization based in Birmingham, AL which provides studio space, materials, and guidance to adult artists with autism.
About the Work:
Working primarily from his imagination, Sol painted from a personal vocabulary of places, structures, and objects. The majority of his work depicts landscapes populated by houses, trees, mountains, or rivers painted on recycled cardboard or paper. His lines are bold, his brushstrokes confident, his colors dense and unassuming.
Sol was extremely prolific, painting his favorite subjects over and over with slight variation.
At the time these works were painted, Sol was living in an assisted living facility and had limited access to art supplies. Due to his extremely prolific nature, he began to create art on any material he could find. This piece is part of a series of 20 offered through STATE, and all are charmingly painted on branded "LabCorp" paper.
Each measures 8.5" x 8.5", and will be shipped unframed.
About the Artist:
Sol Harris did not begin making artwork regularly until he started coming to Studio By The Tracks more than 10 years ago. From the outset, Harris had a confident hand and quickly developed a style characterized by saturated colors and robust linework. He preferred to pull his imagery from internal sources, almost exclusively drawing on his imagination and experiences. His landscapes, quite different from those of his native Birmingham, are most likely modeled on those encountered visiting family outside of the city.
After a serious illness, Harris moved into residential care. Finding his activities limited in his new home, he directed more and more energy toward making. It was during this time that new images, such as water pitchers, began to appear. This is also when recycled materials became a larger part of his work–his resourcefulness allowing him to become even more prolific.
While Harris was always ready to discuss his work, he never felt the need to interpret its content. His catalog of images–houses, huts, rivers, trees, mountains, rocks, and more–remains an undefined yet familiar vocabulary. Sadly, Sol Harris passed in the winter of 2020, leaving behind a rich, plentiful body of work full of open-ended stories and uncharted places.