Biography

Alexandra Harley is a British sculptor best known for her immersive engagement with materials.

Harley studied sculpture at Wimbledon School of Art under Glyn Williams and Robin Greenwood, followed by the Advanced Course at St. Martins School of Art under Tim Scott. Her own teaching career is extensive, commencing with woodcarving in the Sculpture Department at City Lit in 1985 and over the years expanding into bronze, stone and life modelling.

 

She has been awarded prestigious fellowships in Japan and the USA, and most recently won the the Brian Mercer Fellowship in 2016, spending 3 months in the Mariani Bronze Foundry in Italy. Juried exhibitions for which she has been selected include the ING Discerning Eye, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Society of Sculptors Summer Exhibition, Creekside Open, Cork Street Open and the London Group Open. She has also had public sculptures commissioned in the Caribbean, Europe and the USA.

Harley currently works out of her studio in Stratford, London.

Recent & Upcoming Projects

Alexandra Harley's sculpture Ledr is on show in the Graphics room with the new online Wells Art Contemporary. https://www.wellsartcontemporary.co.uk/ve2020-home

I would like to thank the  were  selectors, renowned artists Lisa Wright, Neville Gabie and Phillip Allen for including me, and to Wells Art Contemporary and Parker Harris for a superb exhibition

This international competition opened on the 1st of October 2020. 

This Stuff Matters has an online show https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTykvXmbeM0&feature=youtu.be 

put together by Jill Gibson. This replaces, for the moment, the gallery show we had planned for Cullercoats 

Wish You/We Were Here/There…


This current exhibition, curated by Sumi Perera, illustrates the Power of the Postcard. This is Phase I of a 3 part exhibition, and will be travelling to, The Liechtenstein Cultural Centre later this year.

http://onlinegallery.thelondongroup.com/

Harley has produced a unique work Shine On, especially for this exhibition.

The d'Artagnan Show will take place at the Jeannie Avent Gallery, London, in November 2020.

This exhibition unites four acclaimed bronze sculptors, who are connected not only by material but through a shared foundry in Hertfordshire. Each sculpture exhibited will be a unique piece, created using the lost wax process.

Harley will present several small unique bronzes. 

Murmuration, an exhibition curated by Jillian Knipe, will be showing at APT Gallery in Deptford London 10th-20th December 2020.

 

Details will follow shortly.

This Stuff Matters is a collective of four established women sculptors: Alexandra Harley, Gillian Brent, Sheila Vollmer and Jill Gibson. They first met as a group in 2019, participating in an experimental mixed group show Testing 123..... at Unit 3 in London, curated by John Bunker. They have an exciting program of upcoming events, including an exhibition at the Cullercoats Gallery in Tyne & Wear, and the release of a recorded panel discussion. Please visit This Stuff Matters for further information.

Installation views: Opening Matters, a group exhibition by This Stuff Matters (January 2019). Photography by Peter Griffiths.

Professional Associations
lg.jpg

The London Group was set up in 1913 by thirty two artists including Walter Sickert, Jacob Epstein, Wyndham Lewis, David Bomberg, and Henri Gaudier Brzeska. Today, it is a thriving democratic artists’ collective, practicing in all disciplines, with an exciting international programme of events and exhibitions.

 

Since her election in 2018, Harley has been an active member of the society and participated in various London exhibitions.

bran_edited_edited.jpg

The Brancaster Chronicles are a series of recorded discussions made on the occasion of exhibitions of abstract painting and sculpture. Harley was a founding member of the project in 2013.

 

Each Chronicle is organised, transcribed and filmed by the relevant participating artists, and shown with photographs of the work to recreate the environment in which it was initially discussed.

The Royal Society of Sculptors was founded over 100 years ago in 1905 to champion contemporary sculpture. It remains an artist-led organisation that supports and connects sculptors throughout their careers.

 

Alexandra Harley has been an active member since her election in 2000. She served a term on the Board of Trustees 2017-2020 and has been selected for several member-only exhibitions.

fps.jpg

Free Painters and Sculptors was established in 1952 and played a significant role in the establishment of London's abstract art scene in the 1950’s and 60’s, originally in association with the Institute of Contemporary Arts. This revolutionary ethos continues today among its diverse artistic membership.

 

Harley is a regular participant in FPS' biannual exhibitions at renowned central London galleries.

Follow Me:
  • Twitter
  • Instagram

Join Mailing List

Sales & Other Enquiries

Copyright © 2020 Alexandra Harley. All rights reserved.

Website design by Studio Solutions.