Chris Harrison Biography

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During 2014 Chris has worked on a photographic study of the harbours, staithes, moorings and quays of the Norfolk and Suffolk coast and Broads. He is instinctively led to record pictures of the wear and tear caused by everyday life and the unintended traces of activity left behind. Battered, beaten, scratched, marked and worn, repaired and abandoned surfaces tell stories of daily routine and repetitive work, of effort often made in a battle against circumstances, the elements, time and tide.

In the incidental images that result from these mundane rhythms of working life Chris finds an extraordinary abstract beauty. Random arrangements of pattern, form, colour, texture and line become found art when viewed close up in isolation from their environment.

Christopher uses digital enhancements to get nearer to the original moment of visual experience. All the images are produced using archival materials: Epson Ultrachrome K3 inks printed onto 100% cotton rag papers or canvas using a large format printer.

After a career teaching art, history of art and photography Chris went on to become a full-time painter and then from 1998 to run the Bircham Gallery in North Norfolk. Photography has been a constant personal interest.


Seen Galleries, London

Black Boy Gallery, West Wickham

Holkham Gallery, Norfolk

Royal Society of British Artists (Mall Galleries, London)

Royal Academy Summer Show, London.

Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours (Mall Galleries, London)

Royal Watercolour Society (Bankside Gallery, London)

Bircham Gallery regular one-man and mixed shows of paintings 1988-1998. Photography exhibited 2003 onwards.

Wells-next-the-Sea 2006 Poetry Festival One man exhibition of photography

Forum, Norwich 2006

Bircham Gallery 2015

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