Anthony Harris - St Albans based Painter in  Oils and Watercolours


Self Portrait, 1958
Illustrated in Face to Face
British Self Portaits of the Twentieth Century
Philip Vann: Samson & Co 2004
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Anthony Harris (1931 - )

Anthony Harris was born and raised in Reading, Berkshire where he showed an early aptitude for the Arts. He matriculated at the age of fifteen and whilst working in an office for two years, he attended Evening Classes at the University of Reading. He spent all his spare time in drawing and painting. He was accepted as a full time student in the Department of Fine Art of the university and following a one year course, qualified as a graduate art teacher. He later studied art history at the Courtauld Institute, University of London.

His talent was recognised by Jack Beddington who selected three of Harris's paintings for his book Young Artists of Promise (1957, Studio Publications, London). The distinguished collector Ruth Borchard purchased the Self Portrait 1958. Her collection of British Self Portraits was exhibited in 2004 and will be displayed in the Kings Gallery, Kings Cross, London in 2009. Following early publicity Harris was invited to show in the Mayor Gallery and later selected for the R.B.A. and Royal Academy. He has exhibited in one man, group and mixed shows for over fifty years.

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