Michael Harrison RBA
The hallmark of Michael Harrison’s work is the small intimate landscape studies completed en plein air. These studies continue to be his preferred modus and have evolved into a distinctive style which pervades his work and communicates both vibrancy and a sense of immediacy.
Michael has always felt that small paintings, particularly if they are made from direct observation and response to the subject, are often more telling and emotive in their impact than large studio works that are resolved in every detail.
He works from a limited colour palette, and aims for results that are well-keyed and exploit a good tonal range. In turn, enhancing the sense of mood in his paintings and results in a sense of immediacy and directness.
Although small-scale, his paintings seek to capture and convey the space between the seeing and the subject, and in turn heighten the viewer’s engagement and sense of imagination.
From his early years his style has been influenced by Sickert and the Nabis School. There are obvious acknowledgments to Constable's oil sketches. He studied art during his latter school years and subsequently attended Academie Julien, Paris in the early 60s. However it was not until much later that he devoted time to developing his work.
Selected consistently for Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibitions. He has also been selected for NEAC Annual Exhibitions and Royal Birmingham Art Society Annual Exhibition.
Gallery on The Corner Battersea
Artemesia Gallery, Abbotsbury
Little Buckland Gallery Broadway
Cank Street Gallery Leicester
Sarah Russell Gallery, Putney
Sir Alfred East Gallery Kettering
Sir Alfred East Gallery Kettering Northamptonshire Cynthia Spencer Hospice Chapel Northampton
St Lawrence’s Church Warkworth Northumberland Dean’s Collection Leicester Cathedral
The Yacht Club Hydra Greece
The Artist Magazine, Editor’s Choice Painting of the Month 2010 October
Church Times March 2015
Leicester Mercury March/April 2015
BBC East Midland Feature May 2015
Sanctuary for a King
In March 2017, Michael was the Artist in Residence at Leicester Cathedral to record the events of the re interment of King Richard III.
A short film titled Making Sanctuary for a King may be viewed on YouTube
Guest artist at Rough to Smooth at the United Grand Lodge of England Tricentennial Exhibition.