CB1 Gallery – Guest Space
1923 South Santa Fe Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90021
September – October 2015
Tuesday - Friday 11am to 5pm • Saturday 11am to 5:30pm
Richard Harrison was educated at Harrow School, in England, which he describes as one of England’s “finest prisons for adolescent boys,” and then read History at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he completed his degree in 1976. After several years of wandering and drift, he completed a diploma in Furniture design at The London College of Furniture in 1983 and then BA and MA degrees in Painting at Chelsea School of Art in 1987 and 1988 respectively. He has travelled extensively in Australia, West and South Africa, Europe, China, Peru, and the USA and in 1990 had his first solo show at The Berkeley Square Gallery in London. In 1993 he had a solo show at The Jill George Gallery, and in 2002 he had the first of six solo shows at Albemarle Gallery, the others following in 2003, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2013. In 2011 he was the first British artist to have a show devoted to his work at a private museum in China.
In Harrison’s work, there are the landscapes and there are the figures, both of which are fully represented in this exhibition, his first in the USA, presented by Jay Whitney Brown Fine Art at The CB1 Gallery Guest Space.
Brian Sewell, the art critic of The London Evening Standard for the last thirty years, has written about both of these themes in Harrison’s work on separate occasions in that newspaper.
“All who have watched him over the past decade and more have seen the evolution and perfection of a landscape theme as fit for the creation of the world as for a Gotterdammerung.”
“Harrison, more skilled, more emotional, more visionary, more Romantic, more daring, uses his equally substantial paint to represent human figures of which the flesh seems flayed and torn, the bodies engaged in some titanic struggle. These images are within the broad pattern of ancestral European painting, an inheritance from the great Renaissance themes of myth and testament, the pantheon of martyrs and flayed Marsyas. Harrison’s pictures are wholly contemporary and could be of no other time than ours, and yet, I suspect, such old masters as Goya, Rembrandt and Delacroix might recognise him as in some sense their heir.”
Harrison lives and works in the Camberwell district of London in what used to be the rehearsal studio of the musical impresario Fred Karno, who discovered Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel in the early years of the twentieth century.

Books & Exhibition Catalogues

"Nothing Wasted: The Paintings of Richard Harrison" by Brian Sewell
New, shrink-wrapped hardcover available for $50 USD. To purchase this volume contact us directly. Other new and used formats are available through the Amazon link above.
"Richard Harrison Paintings" by Jay Whitney Brown Fine Art
with introduction by Brian Sewell
New, shrink-wrapped hardcover available for $30 USD. To purchase this volume contact us directly.