Based in Southampton, Harms work speaks of the landscape outside his studio. Nestled in the woods on ‘Little Fresh Pond’, Harms draws inspiration from the changing seasons through the surrounding water, trees and air. ‘Rustic Lyricism’ aptly described Harms’ paintings (as coined by critic Robert Long) and applies as well to his lighter, and airier works. His paintings have been compared to other artists who worked on Long Island, including “Fairfield Porter and Willem de Kooning. All of them painted on the East End and devoted themselves to exploring ‘the continuum between nature and art,’ as Henry Geldzahler, a curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, once called it in an exhibition catalog essay. On that continuum, Mr. Harms sits pretty close to de Kooning, whose example is everywhere apparent,” said Benjamin Genocchio in the New York Times.
Originally from New York, Harms received his B.A. from the School of Visual Arts in NYC. His work has been widely exhibited in the U.S. and is in numerous public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Parrish Museum, Southampton, and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York. He has been the recipient of several awards and grants including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant.