John Harris

Thoughtful portrayals of extensive variety developed from natural images.  These Organic abstractions, layers of paint and color,  depict the hypnotic and fleeting display of imagery created by water.

Mr. Harris isolates and exaggerates forms, colors and sequences found in nature.  His large scale, realist paintings take one to two months to complete, as he meticulously works to recreate various environmental complexities from photographs memory and artistic expression.  The process begins with mapping out large shapes of color on canvas then details are added.  When the paint dries more paint and glazes are added.  The repetition of this careful glazing technique results in the dramatization of translucent layers - a visual effect that is conceptually harmonious with its subject: water.

Harris is most interested in exploring water’s physical properties - reflection, turbidity, rhythm, pattern, that make up its unique viewing experience.  He addresses these issues by isolating a moment in time in various bodies of water, painting from a birds eye view.  The result is a series of peaceful and hypnotic paintings, in which water is disguised as tree canopies and the skies above.


1987 University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Fine Arts

Master of Fine Arts: focus on painting and printmaking

1983 Western Connecticut State University

Bachelor of Arts: focus on commercial and fine art


Select Recent Exhibitions

Two Directions - October 2014
Kehler Liddell Gallery, New Haven CT

Blue Matters - January 2013
Kehler Liddell Gallery, New Haven CT 

Water Water Everywhere - September 2012
Flinn Gallery, Greenwich CT 

Silvermine Guild Arts Center - 2011
New members show, New Canaan CT

John Harris, Keith Johnson Recent Work - October 2010
Kehler Liddell Gallery, New Haven CT

Smoke and Shadows - October 2010
Walker Fine Art, Denver CO

Fresh Pics - Contemporary Art in Connecticut - January 2010
Ridgefield guild of Artists

Faraway Nearby - June 2009
Greater Reston Arts Center

Dale Lazone - President International Art Marlborough
The Paradox of Water - 2008

Westport Arts Center
Juror: Mary Sabatino, Galerie Lelong, NYC

Penn Group Show - 2007
Louise K Meisel Gallery, NYC