Paul Harvey PhD (*1960, Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire), Punk-Musiker, Gitarrist und Maler, Hochschullehrer im Bereich „Art and Design"; Harvey schloss sich 2001 der Stuckistenbewegung an und gründete das „Newcastle Stuckist movement", in dem er sich mit eigenen Werken und Ausstellungen präsentierte und engagierte.
„Immanuel Kant with flowers and painting" (2002)
Material: Acryl auf Leinwand
Maße: 92 x 71 cm.
Interpretationshinweise: Das Porträt ist eine Variation des bekannten, ca. 1768 entstandenen Ölgemäldes, das entweder von Johann Gottlieb Becker oder von Heinrich Becker geschaffen wurde und im Besitz Kants gewesen war. Harvey ist der „Stuckismus-Bewegung" zuzuordnen. Dies ist eine 1999 von den britischen Künstlern Billy Childish and Charles Thomson gebildete internationale Kunstbewegung. In Abgrenzung von den „Young British Artists" lehnten die Stuckisten die Konzeptkunst mit ihren Tendenzen in der abstrakten Malerei und in weiteren Kunstrichtungen wie Objektkunst oder Happening, zugunsten der figurativen Malerei ab, was den Vorwurf des ‚Steckenbleibens' („stuck") einbrachte.
Anlässlich des Projekts „Kant in Werken der modernen Kunst" erläuterte Paul Harvey die Entstehung seines Werkes „Immanuel Kant with flowers and painting" wie folgt:
"Immanuel Kant with Flowers" was conceived and painted in 2004 as part of my M.A. in Fine Art Practice at the University of Northumbria in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. It subsequently became a part of my PhD. in Arts & Social Sciences which was completed in 2012, also at the University of Northumbria ˂http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/8431/˃ At the time I was interested in notions of beauty and how they relate to sentimentality (a dirty word in the arts!). I purposely wanted some of my work to be sentimental, so I started looking at Kant to see if there was any discussion within his writings on beauty. I found his work very difficult to understand, although I think a got the main thrust of his arguments.
The elements of my research I found the most fascinating however were about him as a person: how he lived and how he worked for example, as these areas were more related to my practice as a painter than academic discussion. For instance, I remember reading that he thought of painting as a bit of a waste of time. He also lived in a very bare house with the minimum of furnishings so as not to be distracted from his writings. The idea subsequently came to me that instead of using him in my academic research, I should place him in my practical work as he seemed an interesting subject. I ended up placing him in an unfamiliar situation, that of being surrounded by flowers (beauty) and holding an object of his distaste (a painting). It was an attempt to cheer him up a bit.
His work has stayed with me, and I now attempt to teach some of Kant's work to my own students. Interestingly, last year one of my students, having researched him, remarked that if he was alive today he may well be diagnosed with Aspergers or a similar condition. For some reason this was a very interesting idea to me although I'm not sure I know why. Dr. Paul Harvey, 22nd October 2018
Literatur und Quellen
- "Stuckism international": https://www.stuckism.com/index.html
- Zu Paul Harvey: https://www.stuckism.com/Harvey/Index.html
- Homepage Paul Harvey: http://www.paulharveypaintings.com/
© Paul Harvey, 2002. Das Werk ist urheberrechtlich geschützt. Das Original befindet sich im Privatbesitz.
Publiziert im November 2018
Matthias Weber: Immanuel Kant in Werken der modernen Kunst – Paul Harvey; https://www.bkge.de/Projekte/Kant/matthias-weber/Harvey_Paul.php