Harold Ancart was born in 1980. He lives and works in New York.
Painter and sculptor, he was born in Belgium where he attended art school. Harold Ancart received his MFA at École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Visuels de la Cambre in 2007
Ancart works on site and builds installations from found objects. He creates structures using lines, cubes, concrete and steel, blurring the line between abstraction and figuration.
Harold Ancart paints the promise of a wonderful distance into which one could escape. His paintings are often large format. Movement, biometric forms and landscapes mark Ancart’s paintings. The artist is interested in American abstract painting, its monumental side, coming from the muralists, and its fields of colors that meet, either by succeeding each other, or by integrating each other. But his work tilts more toward the figurative. “It’s as if Barnett Newman or Clyfford Still had gone to party with James Ensor” says the artist. Harold Ancart’s work is articulated in this contradiction. In his paintings, abstraction is laid bare, while representation remains undeniably present.
His recent exhibitions include There is no there there, at the Menil Collection, Houston, TX, USA (2016) and Tierra Vaga, at Casa Wabi, Oaxaca, Mexico. He has participated in renowned group exhibitions such as Myth/History II, at Yuz Museum, Shanghai (2015); The Great Acceleration: Art in the Anthropocene, the 9th Taipei Biennale (2014).
Works by the artist are included in the permanent collections of numerous institutions worldwide, including the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Fondation Beyeler, Basel; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; Lenbachhaus, Munich; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk.