Gordon Harris (b.1977) is an Irish artist living and working in Connemara. He is widely known for the high-realism of his figurative work.
Harris is a self-taught artist whose first love is figurative painting using oil. Observers and fellow artists have noted that they can feel the emotion emanating from the portraits he paints. He looks beyond the persona to the character and can creatively portray the soul of the subject he paints.
Harris is a figurative artist with superb technique. He infuses a harmony between the natural and the conceptual to create works that are provocative and dramatic. He takes his inspiration from the light and composition of the old master paintings but uses the style to depict the issues concerning 21st century society.
The surfaces of these oil paintings are often embellished with genuine gold and silver leaf. These precious metal leafed areas will shift with the intensity of light in a space or as one simply walks across the room.
Harris is gaining a strong reputation as one Irelandís most promising figurative painters, along with a strong following in the UK and France where he exhibits regularly. In 2013 he had a sell-out solo show in Ireland and in 2014 his work was selected for the annual RHA exhibition. In 2017 he was shortlisted for the Hennessy Portrait Prize. Harris' works are included in many collections throughout the world including Ireland, UK, Japan, New York, London and Monaco.