Acrylic on shaped canvas
Neil Harpe is a painter and printmaker. He approaches his work through a variety of media including watercolor, acrylics, graphite, lithography and intaglio printmaking (etching). He often combines several of these approaches in a single work. Harpe is particularly well known for his marine art: workboats, lighthouses, and watermen. However, his works cover a wide range of subjects including landscapes, figures, automobiles, airplanes, and music subjects such as his “Blues Singers” series and “Guitar Portrait” series.
Neil graduated from the four year program at the Corcoran School of Art in 1969, with a major in graphics and minor in painting. He received a BFA in multi-media from Maryland Institute College of Art and earned his MFA in printmaking from George Washington University. He spent three semesters as a visiting graduate student at the University of Maryland, where he developed skills in color lithography working under the tutelage of abstract artist and master lithographer Tadeusz Lapinski.