B. 1966 -
Tracey Sylvester Harris was born in 1966 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Currently, the artist resides in San Luis Obispo, California.
Tracey Sylvester Harris, also known as T.S. Harris, has a unique style merging the past bygone era with a modern, contemporary flair. Although her imagery conjures nostalgic memories, Harris leaves this interpretation of time to the viewer. Her paintings reflect a certain moodiness and allure that leaves the spectator feeling lost in time - toggling between past and present with her vibrant use of colors, shapes, and shadows. Her composition is bold and cropped. Inspired by snapshots and film stills from the mid-century, the paintings are colorful yet bittersweet, depicting fleeting moments captured almost a lifetime ago. Suspended in time, Harris' stylish and elegant cropped figures put on scarlet lipstick, dream by the pool, or sit in contemplation. With the context of their actions removed, the women and figures become mysterious; they are alluring not only for their figures but also for their secrets.
Harris says: "I hope to evoke thoughtfulness in the viewer. I like my work to have an initial attraction, but then for the viewer to see or feel that there is more, to start asking questions about the central issues of human existence: desire and loss, impermanence and beauty, and the many dimensions of our connections with others."