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Figures at Ebb Tide (detail)

Figures at Ebb Tide (detail)
L.H Wearing a Yellow Shirt

L.H Wearing a Yellow Shirt

John Leather at Night

John Leather at Night
M.T. on Rani Ban

M.T. on Rani Ban
S.P. Behind a Glass Door

S.P. Behind a Glass Door
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Portfolio for Philip Harris - Commissionaportrait

Philip Harris is probably best known for his painting ‘Two Figures Lying in a Stream’, winner of the 1993 BP Portrait Award. He has received significant critical acclaim for his figurative work, whilst being compared to artists from Degas to Lucian Freud, Harris’s work is rendered with a hyper-real exactness reminiscent of Millais immaculate ‘Ophelia’. The National Portrait Gallery and the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art have bought his work and he continues to exhibited extensively across London.
Birth date   1965
Education   Diploma in Art and Design, Mansfield  
B.A. in Art and Design, Bradford
Awards   1st Prize: 1993 BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London  
3rd Prize: 1990 BP Portrait Award, National Portrait gallery, London
Selected Commissions   1994 Portrait of Sir Anthony Dowell, National Portrait Gallery, London.  
2001 Portrait of Mike Stentiford MBE, Jersey Museum.  
2002 Portrait of a Texan family, Dallas, USA.  
2004/5 Portrait of Ashley and Anya Kibblewhite, UK
Group Exhibitions   1989 - The Spectator Art Award Exhibition, Spink and Son, London  
1990 - 3rd Prize: BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London  
1991 - “British Month” Roy Miles Gallery, London  
1991 - BP Portrait Award Exhibition, National Portrait Gallery, London  
1991 - Ghent International Art Fair, Belgium  
1993 - 1st Prize: BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London  
1994 - National Portrait Gallery Commission – Sir Anthony Dowell  
1988 - Painter in Residence, Sweetwater Fine Art, London  
1989 - “Works on Paper”, Central Space Gallery, London  
1995 - Merz Contemporary Art  
1995 - Ghent Art Fair, Belgium. Merz Contemporary Art  
1995 - “The Discerning Eye”, Guest Exhibitor, Mall Galleries, London  
1996 - “Small Picture Show”. Beaux Arts, Cork Street, London  
1996 - Art ‘96, Beaux Arts, The London Contemporary Art Fair  
1996 - “Artists of Fame and Promise”, Beaux Arts, Cork Street, London  
1997 - Art ‘97, Beaux Arts, The London Contemporary Art Fair  
1997 - “Re-presenting Representation II” Arnot Art Museum, New York  
1998 - Art ‘98 Beaux Arts, The London Contemporary Art Fair  
1998 - “Take 3” Beaux Arts, Cork Street, London  
1998 - 20th Century British Art Fair, Beaux Arts, Royal College of Art  
1998 - 20th Century Art Fair, Royal College of Art, London  
1999 - Art ‘99 Beaux Arts, The London Contemporary Art Fair  
1999 - “Simmer” Beaux Arts, Cork Street, London  
2000 - “Painting the Century” National Portrait Gallery, London  
2000/1 - "Best of British" National Portrait Gallery of Australia  
2006 - Toronto Art Fair, Canada.  
2007- London Art Fair, U.K  
2007- An Eclectic Eye, The Dan Leach collection, Tucson Museum of Art, USA.  
2008- London Art Fair, U.K  
2008 Sarah Myerscough gallery, The Figure, U.K  
2009 London Art Fair, U.K
Solo Exhibitions   1990 - “Recent paintings and drawings” Tricycle Gallery, London  
1990 - “Recent paintings and drawings” Merz Contemporary Art, London  
1991 - “Drawings and Etchings” Woodlands Art Gallery, London  
1991 - Merz Contemporary Art, London  
1992 - “Paintings, Drawings and Etchings” Merz Contemporary Art, London  
1997 - “Paintings and Drawings”, Beaux Arts, Cork Street, London
Artist's Statement   “As a figurative artist with an international reputation who has received significant critical acclaim, I come to portraiture with an understanding of its traditions and potential. When accepting a portrait commission I aim to exceed the sitter’s expectations, achieving the highest standards of professional art practice. The portrait should have an immediate impact whilst feeling harmonious in its setting. The work must also possess the subtleties and quality necessary to reward the viewer’s sustained attention and increasing familiarity over time.”

Statement      “My technique is predominantly traditional, but I use photography as the source for my portraiture, this significantly reduces the time and inconvenience to the sitter. I take the photographs over one or two sessions of around two hours duration. These usually take place in the informal atmosphere of the sitter’s home or garden. The first meeting is often a good opportunity to discuss the client’s expectations and for me to see the intended site for the finished work. This enables me to choose the dimensions, colour and tone of the picture and frame most appropriate to the setting. The time scale for completed work will vary according to size and materials, and will be discussed individually with each client. Prices include framing.”


Travel nationally    Yes
Travel internationally    Yes
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Portrait Format:
  Drawings   From £ 4000    $5600
  Head and Shoulders   From £ 7500    $10500
Half LengthFrom £ 10000 $14000
3/4 LengthFrom £ 14000 $19600
Full LengthFrom £ 20000 $28000
Double PortraitFrom £ 16000 $22400
Group PortraitFrom £ 30000 $42000
The Prices quoted are for the standard mediums of oil on canvas and bronze
(in the case of sculpture).
For other media, prices may vary, please enquire directly with us for more specific quotes.
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Press Quotes
“Beneath the immaculate paint lies drawing, direct onto the canvas almost of Degas’ strength and delivery.”  
— Brian Sewell, Art Review, 1993  
“Harris is a genuine, unexpected, formidable talent, grounded in the most ardently traditional technique but with something to say which is totally au courant.”  
— Marina Vaizey, Galleries and Museums, 1997  
“As a piece of brilliant sharp focus observation it gives the lie to any assertion that traditional skills have now been completely forgotten.”  
— Edward Lucie-Smith, Art Today, 1995