Pat Harris

Pat Harris was born in Dublin in 1953 and spent a year as an evening student at  the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, before enrolling on a full-time  painting course there from 1973 to 1978. He continued his studies at the  National Institute of Fine Arts, Antwerp, and graduated in 1981. He taught  painting at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp for many years and now  lives betwwen Tielrode, Belgium and County Mayo. 


Flowers and landscapes frequently appear in Harris' work, but he is not directly  concerned with the objects he paints. His paintings are not straightforward  paintings of things but the rendering of their aura and the shape of the defining  space around them; the space in which the border between object and  background dissolves. They are built up in layers, over time - in some cases  weeks, in others months, in a few cases a year or more. They are an attempt not just to paint a rock, a stack or flower but also the space and time they occupy,  the light that makes them visible. 


Pat Harris was awarded a scholarship to the National College of Art and Design,  Dublin, and several Belgian Ministry of Education and Dutch Culture  scholarships. He is a member of Aosdána and the Royal Hibernian Academy. He  has had numerous solo shows in Belgium and Ireland, and regulary exhibits with  Purdy Hicks Gallery, London and Taylor Galleries, Dublin. Harris' work is  represented in many private collections and also features in the public  collections of The Arts Council, AIB, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, the Boyle Civic Art Collection, St. Patrick's Hospital, A&L Goodbody, and University College  Dublin, among others.