Harry Fayt and his modern icons are coming to Brussels for the very first time.
In 2013, Brussels offered its very first exhibition to the underwater photographic artist Harry Fayt. He exhibited the underwater nudes from the ‘Rebirth’ series and his highly publicised ‘The Flood’ series with author-performer Typh Barrow in the Galerie du Roi. After a strong showing at group exhibitions and art fairs in the capital, it is time for the artist to present his flagship series to the Brussels public in a solo exhibition.
This time, on the occasion of the release of his latest book «MODERN ICONS et autres rêveries subaquatiques», which came out last Sep- tember, it is MODERN ICONS that he presents to us. A series of diver- sions of the great masterpieces of the history of art, underwater, to make them tell new stories through his contemporary prism.
With Modern Icons, Harry Fayt re- visits the great classics of art, in the broadest sense of the term. From sculpture to cinema, many works have become essential and have spread their beauty and symbols throughout our society. Harry likes to appropriate these images, trans- form them and adapt them to our time. Sometimes offbeat, sometimes committed, the works of Modern Icons encourage reflection and re- reading to finally make them his own and make his own interpreta- tion.
Originally from Charleroi in Belgium, Harry Fayt graduated in advertising photography in 1998. He then followed a professional path that led him to portraiture. At first, he photographed musicians and studied the physiognomy of emotions. He then turned to family photogra- phy. Photographing baby swimmers was his rite of passage to the other world, that of underwa- ter photography. In 2012, it was with the mee- ting of singer-songwriter Typh Barrow that he returned to his first love, the artist’s portrait… underwater. Enriched by this singularity, he began a multitude of experiments thanks to which he now creates new images. He likes to push back the frontiers of a world he has in- vented for himself, always with the same objec- tive: to question, to astonish, to widen the field of possibilities.
Harry Fayt : Modern Icons
18 – 30 April, 2023
Jonathan F. Kugel Gallery
Rue Watteeu, 16
Dive deeper into the world of Harry Fayt with your smart- phone and the ARTIVIVE applica- tion which will open the gate to the augmented content of nearly 20 works. Discover the original creations that inspired the ar- tist, the underwater backstage or even elements that will help you better understand the meaning of the artworks
1st edition of 1000 copies.
The signed book is available for 39 euros on the artist art shop: