432 Commercial Street

Provincetown, MA 02657

phone: (508) 487-0915

HARRY FOLSOM

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  • ARTIST BIO

    Harry Folsom first exhibited in a gallery and sold his first painting when he was 12 years old and he has not halted or slowed down since. “I use the brush to create a hostile, violent underpainting, which I then placate with whimsical, almost storybook colors. This process offers a very compelling introspective look into modern society. I constantly grasp at presenting my perception of the human condition through a variety of media and imagery.”

     

    After graduating with a BFA in 1979 Harry Folsom continued his fine art career and worked independently as a graphic artist. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and in Paris and Prague. Harry's paintings and sculpture are in private and corporate collections as well as the Hobbs Collection of the New Yorker Magazine, the Performing Arts Center of Palm Springs, California and the Sara Roby Foundation of the Smithsonian Institute.

  • SELECT EXHIBITIONS

    1967 (Age 12) Exhibited paintings in a formal gallery for the first time

     

    1968 (Age 13-15) Employed painting 15’x45’ billboards

     

    1969 (Age 15) Enrolled in Gifted Artist program, Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL

     

    1973 Received 4-year scholarship in Fine Art to Limestone College, Gaffney, SC

    Studied under Andy Cox.

     

    1979 Received BA Fine Arts

    Opened first studio in Washington, D.C.

    Produced animated film for Nuclear Utilities Services, Washington, D.C.

     

    1980 Group Show, New Artist’s, New Works, Zenith Gallery, Washington, D.C.

     

    1981-1985 Group shows in Washington, D.C.

    Travel, both continental and abroad

     

    1986-1989 Continued fine art career and worked independently as a graphic artist

     

    1990 Attended private function with James Rosenquist at his Arepko Studio, Arepko, FL

     

    1991 Solo show, Original’s Gallery, Longboat Key, FL

     

    1992 Solo show, Hang-up Gallery, Sarasota, FL

     

    1993 Solo show, Kristopher Lindsey Gallery, Saint Armand’s Circle, FL

     

    1994 Group show with artists James Rosenquist, Milton Avery, and Emile Nolde,

    Donn Rolle Gallery, Sarasota, FL

     

    1995 Artist-in-Residence, Performing Arts Center of California, Palm Springs, CA

     

    1996 Group show, Marisa Toubal Gallery, Paris, France

     

    1997 Group show, Bibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, SC

    Solo show, Gallery 35, Charleston, SC

    Solo show, The New Gallery of Contemporary Art, Charleston, SC

    Group show, Saffron House, Birmingham, England

     

    1998 Relocated studio to Boston, MA

     

    1999 2 Solo shows, Space 12 Gallery, Boston, MA

    Listed as “Must-See Solo Exhibition” by the Gallery Guide, Museum of Fine Art, Boston, MA

     

    2000 Exhibition with students Aram Stith and McLean Stith, New Life Gallery, Charleston, SC

    Exhibition, William-Scott Gallery, Provincetown, MA

    Featured artist, Tippy Stern Fine Art Gallery, Charleston, SC

    Exhibition, Max Gallery of Contemporary Art, Prague, Czech Republic

    *The first American artist to obtain continuous representation since the 1989 revolution.

     

    2001 Group exhibition, Media Gallery, Boston, MA

    Guest exhibitor, Spoleto Art Festival, Charleston, SC

    Group exhibition, William-Scott Gallery, Provincetown, MA

    Solo exhibition, William-Scott Gallery, Provincetown, MA

    Solo exhibition, Media Gallery, Boston, MA

    Group exhibition of large works, Media Gallery, Boston, MA

    Silent auction charitable contribution, for children in need organization

     

    2002 Solo exhibition, Space 12 Gallery, Boston, MA

    Documentary film, assemblage of “Remnant,” PBS Studios, Allston, MA

    Salon show, William-Scott Gallery, Provincetown, MA

    Guest exhibitor, Spoleto Art Festival, Charleston, SC

    Group exhibition, Summit Gallery, Fairhope, AL

    Listed as “Must-See” 2002-2003, Art in America, Annual Gallery Issue

    Open Studios exhibition, Space 12 Gallery, Boston, MA

    Solo exhibition of small works, Space 12 Gallery, Boston, MA

     

    2003 Solo exhibition, Summit Gallery, Fairhope, AL

    Guest artist, Spoleto Art Festival, Charleston, SC

    Season preview show, William-Scott Gallery, Provincetown, MA

    Solo exhibition, William-Scott Gallery, Provincetown, MA

    Listed as “Must-See” 2003-2004, Art in America, Annual Gallery Issue

    Solo exhibition, Southside Gallery, Oxford, MS

    Salon show, William-Scott Gallery, Provincetown, MA

    Solo exhibition of small works, Fairhope, AL

    Solo exhibition, William-Scott Gallery, Provincetown, MA

     

    2004 Solo exhibition, Marisa Toubal Gallery, Paris, France

    Solo exhibition (held over), William-Scott Gallery, Provincetown, MA

    Listed as “Must-See” 2004-2005, Art in America, Annual Gallery Issue

     

    2005 Solo exhibition, Mercaldo Gallery, Boston, MA

    Group exhibition, Principle Gallery, Washington, D.C.

    Listed as “Must-See” 2005-2006, Art in America, Annual Gallery Issue

    Group exhibition, William-Scott Gallery, Provincetown, MA

     

    2006 Solo exhibition (6 month engagement), Hotel Commonwealth, Boston, MA

    Listed as “Must-See” 2006-2007, Art in America, Annual Gallery Issue

    Group exhibition, Pierre Menard Gallery, Cambridge, MA

    Group show, Principle Gallery, Washington, D.C.

     

    2007 Group exhibition, Pierre Menard Gallery, Cambridge, MA

    Group show, Principle Gallery, Washington, D.C.

     

    2008 Solo exhibition, Southside Gallery, Oxford, MS

    Group show, Principle Gallery, Washington, D.C.

    Solo exhibition, William-Scott Gallery, Provincetown, MA

     

    2009 Guest Artist, Spoleto Festival, Charleston, SC

    Solo show, Pierre Menard Gallery, Cambridge, MA

    Solo show, Gallery 18, New York, NY

    Solo show, William Scott Gallery, Provincetown, MA

     

    2010 Solo installation, Gallery 301, New York, NY

    Group show, Principle Gallery, Washington, D.C.

    Group show, Pierre Menard Gallery, Cambridge, MA

     

    2011 Duo Exhibit, Hutson Gallery, Provincetown, MA

    Lilly Branch Galleries, New York, NY

     

    2012 Solo show, Freeman Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

    Duo Exhibit, Hutson Gallery, Provincetown, MA

Artist Statement
I use the brush to create a hostile, violent underpainting, which I then placate with whimsical, almost storybook colors.  This process offers a very compelling introspective look into modern society.  I constantly grasp at presenting my perception of the human condition through a variety of media and imagery.

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