Anthony Harris

Harris @90

14-19 March 2022

Private View: 15 March 2022, 6.30–8.30 pm.

 Anthony Harris paints mainly landscapes in watercolours and oils. He loves to work outdoors, and his favourite locations include Italy and the Thames. Taking inspiration from artists such as Turner and Cezanne, nature is a key aspect of Harris’ work. He always draws or paints preliminary studies in watercolour on the spot.

Recognised as a ‘Young Artist of Promise’ in the 1950’s Anthony Harris has since travelled to capture the elemental landscape of Britain, Europe and South East Asia in his paintings. He celebrates his 90th year with an exhibition of his most recent works and his life-long interest in the Thames Valley with selected watercolours based on his visit to Tahiti in 2011.

Harris’ long career as an artist and academic includes being the Head of Camberwell College of Arts and vice-principal of Chelsea School of Art. He has painted in oils and watercolours for over sixty years and held several one-man shows in England and Italy. He has taken part in many mixed exhibitions including the Royal Academy. He has previously published lectures on drawing and Ruskin.

Last year he published his book Brushes With Genius: Anecdotes on Art and Artists is a lifetime story that starts from his earliest days as a student at Reading University where he studied Fine Art and met Stanley Spencer. It continues for 70 years, in which time he has travelled extensively to create his own paintings in the literal footsteps of Gauguin, Van Gogh, Delacroix, Turner and others. The book can be purchased at the gallery and through Waterstones bookshop here.

He lives in St. Albans with his wife whom he met at Reading University and continues to paint. For more information about Anthony Harris visit