Colin Harrison

Colin Harrison was born in Boston, Lincolnshire in 1939. He studied at Leicester  College of Art from 1957 to 1961 and the Royal College of Art from 1961 and  1964. From 1964 to 1973 he was a lecturer in the Fine Art Department at the Ulster College of Art and Design. He died in Lincolnshire, England in 2017  following a short illness.


His work, with its ambiguous, enigmatic detail and consummately skilled  draughtsmanship, constantly plays with the viewer's preconceptions of a unified pictorial space/time/narrative. His paintings and drawings typically conflate references from disparate sources in spaces fractured by mathematical grids  and overlapping perspectives. This lends them a multiplicity of spatial, symbolic  and metaphorical viewpoints that are simultaneously humorous and unsettling. 


Colin Harrison held his first one-person exhibition in Ireland at the Dawson  Gallery in 1974 and despite returning to live in England in the mid-70s he  continued to show his work regularly in solo and group exhibitions at Taylor  Galleries.


He was awarded the David Murrary Scholarship by the Royal Academy  Schools in 1961 and he was a prizewinner at the Irish Exhibition of Living Art in  1969. He exhibited consistently in the RHA Annual Exhibition in Dublin and took  part in several Irish Exhibition of Living Art shows. His work is included in the  public collections of the Arts Council, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Ulster  Museum, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Bank of Ireland, and in private  collections across Ireland, Great Britain and America.