Born in Leeds, Jeffrey Harris started painting as a boy while exploring the Yorkshire Dales. He studied at Leeds College of Art, majoring in painting, drawing and printmaking. An early influence on his work was visiting lecturer Victor Passmore.
In 1956 Harris moved to St Ives, marrying Tasmanian-born painter Gwen LEITCH two years later. The pair shared her studio (7 Porthmeor Studio) for fifteen years. His early paintings were abstract and semi-figurative, usually in oil on masonite or canvas. He also made constructions and wooden reliefs. His painting often plays with flat two-dimensional perspective. Elements of pattern and abstraction, colour and symbolism referenced his childhood in Yorkshire and his father's work as a tailor. During 1967 Jeff lived at the Monastery St Elias in Devon, where he studied iconography. From 1966 to 1969 he taught painting and drawing at Falmouth Art School.
In 1970 Harris and his wife Gwen emigrated to Australia with their four children. Gwen died in 2006. He remains an active painter in Australia.
In the UK, his work is held in collections such as the Arts Council, Southbank Centre, Cornwall County Council, Whitworth Art collection, Manchester University, Alston Hall, UK Education Department, Lancashire. It can also be found in private collections in the UK, Australia and USA.
Painting, printmaking, drawing
works and access
Works incl: Tangled Ochre (1962); Look Granddad, the Sky's all Pink (1965); Summer (1966); The Wave (1968); all at CC.
'Painters in Cornwall 1960', City Art Gallery, Plymouth, Devon
Penwith Arts Society
Hardie (1995) 100 Years in Newlyn, Diary of a Gallery
Public Catalogue Foundation (2007) Cornwall & IOS, Oil Paintings in Public Ownership p155