'Mountain Peaks', Richard Harrison
2008, Oil and acrylic on linen, 190 x 225 cm
When I am asked what sort of artist I am, I describe myself as a 'Romantic Expressionist', because my painting is emotionally charged, the paint handling is expressionistic, and the wellspring from which the work is drawn is fundamentally aligned to the Romantic vision. There are the imaginary landscapes, inspired by wilderness, mountains and desert and the organic forms of rocks and trees, and Mountain Peaks is one of these. And then there are the figurative works, often revolving around biblical and mythological stories or scenes from poetical works.
My landscapes are swirling storms and desperate rock faces, and my figures are embattled and flayed harbingers of pestilence and death. Brian Sewell, in his book 'Nothing Wasted: The Paintings of Richard Harrison', published in February 2010, concludes with this: 'Soon to be fifty-five, Harrison's intellectual house is now in as respectable order as his studio. We should look at him not as a painter comfortably settled in middle age, but as a young painter with at least as much ahead of him as in his past, a young painter of un-diminishing turbulent enquiry, but with all the advantages of practice, maturity, education and broad experience.'
Richard Harrison was born in Liverpool in 1954. He attended Cambridge University
1973-76 (History), The London College of
Furniture 1981-83, and Chelsea School of Art London 1984-88 (painting). He lives and works in London. He featured in '
Young Masters', selected by Brian Sewell for the 'Mail on Sunday' The Solomon Gallery London 1987. London solo exhibitions include those at The Berkeley Square Gallery 1989, 'Paintings' Jill
George Gallery 1993, shows at the Albemarle Gallery in 2002, 2003, 2006, 2008 and most recently there, 'Nothing Wasted' 2010. His triptych 'Crucifixion: At The End... A Beginning' hangs in Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral.