The "Morphogenesis" series initially grew out of sketchbook exercises. I was interested in how to evoke a kind of timeless, organic quality and experimented with processes like taking one element like the length of lines that make up a series of shapes and then constantly varying the length of the lines. In time I found myself seeking out and producing shapes and patterns that had a fractal quality. I then learned about the work of Allen Turing, whose work showed how fractal pattern formation works in morphogenesis, the process in a developing egg when it changes from a mass of undifferentiated cells into the early form of an embryo. That concept seemed to fit what I was after. In this particular work I wanted to create the image of looking out or into a kind of infinitely varied field of forms on the edge of coalescing into something greater.  I set up an underlying geometric framework as an invisible guiding force and then allowing these organic or fractal shapes and patterns to adapt to it.

This piece is ink, colored pencil, and oil pastel on heavyweight paper and will need a frame for display.

- Philip Harding

Pattern Formation (Morphogenesis 5)

ink, colored pencil, oil pastel on paper

Signed on front

36" h x 62" w 
25 lbs. 0 oz.



Philip Harding
Richland, Washington

Getting to Know Philip

Philip creates from his home, which he designed and built himself in a small Washington town. His work focuses on the juxtaposition of linear and nonlinear modes of perception and thought. Philip’s highly geometric compositions combine the rigidity of grids with the fluidity of spheres. Stimulating both sides of the brain - both creative and logical - is the intention of the work. Philip finds more inspiration in books than artists; he is heavily influenced by the writings of Christopher Alexander and James L. Acord’s The Nuclear Artist. Philip has been creating for decades, but in the last several years has developed a technique of preparing linen with pumice to create tooth that allows him to draw with the vibrancy and durability of a painting. “My process is a combination of focused improvisation followed by hours of careful craftsmanship,” says the artist. He contemplates life, consciousness, and the state of being while he works.