Toni Harrower

Abstract Systems Painter


Hello and welcome to my website!

I am an abstract systems painter who loves working in a range of mediums from oil paint to resin. The celebration of colour and the enjoyment of paint are the basic ingredients in my work.

I graduated from Gray’s School of Art in 2016. Currently I am taking part in the Artist Support Pledge movement created by Matthew Burrows to support artists through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please find more information under the heading ‘Exhibitions - Artist Support Pledge’. I am represented by New Blood Art(online) and Cullen Galleries(Cullen). You can see my most recent pieces under the heading ‘Available artwork'.

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Artist Statement

My paintings follow a ‘system’ and a set of restraints that determine colour, composition and scale. Working from a colour-coded alphabet, the titles for each painting are extremely important as they are the starting point for making; from this point each piece follows a basic set of rules - working from left to right, top to bottom.

I explore the physicality of paint in line with my interest in dementia. Working in a repetitious manner, I create individual patterns and repeated geometric shapes which form a grid-like structure. The grids provide a level of control over the paint which is otherwise unrestricted.

The build-up of layers expresses the passing of time. As the paint gains depth and weight, gravity and a lack of control come into play, causing the paint to fall away, with cells merging into one another. In many ways the paintings relate to uncontrollable events that happen in life, and several pieces imply the notion of the mind – and life - falling apart.​


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