“I’m not seeking to impact the whole world. I focus on creating individual art pieces for people to enjoy each day. Just a little extra happiness bit by bit.”
In Australia, Ashvin Harrison creates art like no other. Mixing charcoals with colorful paint, his art brings a unique and new perspective to nature and the human body. An amazing person inside and out, Ashvin shows us his colorful side in his exclusive interview-
Growing up, were there any artists that inspired you to pursue this career?
No. Like most children, I liked to draw when I was younger, though focused most of my interests in music and various jobs. I only recently found a passion for visual arts and find most inspiration from general life.
What made you decide to mix dark charcoal with colorful paint?
Quick answer: I wanted to express a mix of my philosophies on existence with my personal emotions.
Long answer… I started creating with charcoal as I was naturally interested by its raw and harsh results. I enjoyed how close I felt to creating ‘new life’ from ‘death’ (art from decomposed organic material). However, I felt charcoal was only enough to expressed my thoughts on existence. I required colour to express my inner personal feelings as I see life now. Splashing acrylics seemed to come natural as I danced around listening to my favourite music and expressing how I felt that day.
Your paintings reflect realism and naturalism. Why did you decide to paint things of nature as opposed to abstract objects?
I was first interested in philosophy before becoming an artist. I align in many ways to the views on existentialism and absurdism. From this, I felt it was only natural to express the living as I see it through my eyes today. It’s my interests in the diversity of life that keeps me moving.
You mention that we should be celebrating nakedness, as you do in your art. Why do you think this is so important to our everyday culture?
I could go on about this for days! I find it absolutely ridiculous that society accepts depictions of violence, harm, destruction, weaponry, murder, war and cruelty as ‘normal’ viewing content. However, the human form must be blurred. What are you more troubled by, a human physically harming another human or a bare breast? Just watch the news, scroll through Facebook or browse over YouTube and you’ll see horrific images of destruction and violence. I’ve even had my Facebook page shut down for a realistic drawing of a nude woman in a modest pose. I say celebrate our unique human forms and help society to see a clear difference between a beautiful natural human form and a sexual image.
Can you explain a little about your “surrealism” paintings? How did you come up with the idea?
My surrealistic works are my least popular pieces as they are quite confronting. I try to express my interests in the philosophy on absurdism. How meaningless life is and how existence is about as significant as death. I link the human form to other living and dead creatures to express the similarities in life and how existence is as random as our purposes for living.
You believe that it is important just to do “good” for others, not to necessarily make an impact on the whole world. How do you think your art has accomplished this goal?
I’ve read through a few philosophies on the ‘meaning of life’ and came to see a commonality- To obtain happiness through doing ‘good’. I see some people around me getting caught up in how they’re going to change the world or give to large meaningful charities. However, they may not notice to offer help to the elderly lady next door with her overgrown garden. This puzzles me.
I like to help without others needing to know or support locally. I feel my art is much the same. I’m not seeking to impact the whole world. I focus on creating individual art pieces for people to enjoy each day. Just a little extra happiness bit by bit.
Where do you hope to bring your art in the future?
I have no aims or goals other than staying healthy and happy. My art is just my expression on life and how I see it. I just hope to I make people happy with either the images of my art or the original hanging in their home for their family to enjoy.