"I have always painted and drawn.
After school I considered a place at Edinburgh College of Art, but was instead persuaded to go to University. I ended up working in advertising and marketing for over 40 years, in Europe, North America and Asia. During that time, while my brain stored the imagery, painting was as major a pastime as a family of four children permitted.
I retired, in Japan, at the end of 2009 and moved back to Europe to split my time between France and Sweden, and to paint, finally, almost full time.
The work you see here is a sample of what I’ve been doing over the past three years. It’s been fun, frustrating and fascinating and I think I’m getting somewhere. I’ve explored portraiture, and experimented along the figurative abstract continuum, with colour always a central focus. Acrylic is the medium of choice - I’m too impatient for oils and indecisive for water colour. And I like space and freedom, so the canvasses are nearly all large.
For me painting is another form of thinking, an ever absorbing search for the perfect convergence of intellect, hand and eye - in an attempt to say something beyond the craft."
Brian Harrison 2014
1942 - 2017