About this artwork

These artworks are based on stills selected from Heleno (2011) a Brazilian film drama about the football star Heleno de Freitas (1920-1959), set in the 1940s and 1950s. Best known for such works, the artist rarely watches the film itself, preferring to restrict her choice to the 300 or so stills available from its trailer. The film is less important to Harnett than its visual elements - lighting, costume design and cinematography. These all inform her intricate, photorealist drawings, whose small scale is inspired by Harnett’s interest in graphic novels and film storyboards. 

Published November 2021

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Marie Harnett

Marie Harnett