I Wanna Be A Cowboy by Marshall Harris
January 4 – February 20, 2019
RECEPTION: Friday, January 4, 2019
Fort Works Art, in conjunction with the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, presents I
Wanna Be A Cowboy, an exhibition showcasing original graphite on mylar drawings
and limited edition prints by Fort Worth artist Marshall Harris.
Coinciding with the annual Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo this exhibition includes
several of Harris’ original Saddle drawings, as well as his renowned ‘The Hand That
Feeds’ drawing, on loan from collectors. This will be the first time these incredible
original works will be on view to the public in Fort Worth. Keeping in the western
theme, Harris will also have new additions to his colorful Psychedelic Saddle series
that are available in various sizes.
Marshall Harris creates extremely complex and larger than life drawings executed with
graphite on mylar. Each piece is labor intensive, comprising 300 - 400 hours spent
rendering every small and seemingly insignificant characteristic of his subject, be it a
scar on human skin or the creases found on a well-loved leather saddle. With his
extraordinary and obsessive attention to detail, Harris invites you as the viewer to see
the history of commonplace objects and the impact they have on our lives.
Born in Texas, Harris received his B.F.A from TCU in 1979 and his M.F.A in sculpture
from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA in 2010. Following a career in the
National Football League from 1980-86, Harris turned his attentions towards creative
vocations including Museum Curator, Graphic Designer and Exhibit Designer for zoos
and aquaria and finally fine artist in 2006. His work has been exhibited nationally and is
held in corporate and private collections. Harris was the recipient of the prestigious
Hunting Art Prize in 2013.
As of September 2018, Harris was selected as the first Artist In Residence in a new
program at Fort Works Art Gallery. Through their non-profit Gallery of Dreams, Harris
will have the opportunity to create a new body of work in a provided studio space for a
one year term that will conclude with a solo exhibition. While allowing the artist to
focus on creating work in a welcoming and inspiring environment, the residency
program gives the opportunity for students and the community to observe and engage
with a working artist. The program will also include artist lectures and various
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