Jeffrey Harris

Alongside Philip Clairmont, Jeffrey Harris was the most visible expressionist painter working in New Zealand during the 1970s. His intensely-rendered ‘psychological’ landscapes and figure studies are unnerving in their forcefulness.

In 1973 he wrote, "There is infinite beauty in life but always accompanied by intense pain – Loss of hope, loss of faith gives any beauty a desperate quality…" Using the flattened and simplified forms of naïve art, Harris depicts the turmoil, violence and disintegration of everyday relationships.

Harris Untitled Judith No 12

Untitled (Judith) No 12 - 1979