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Alfred Harris

Born 1930, London.

Alfred Harris trained at Willesden School of Art and then at the Royal College of Art (1952-1955) at the same time as notable artists including Frank Auerbach, Peter Blake, Bridget Riley, Leon Kossoff and Jo Tilson. Some of this group, together with Lucien Freud and Francis Bacon were to become identified as The London Group with which Harris was associated for many years.

An artist with whom Harris had a strong creative affinity from the late nineteen seventies was Jacob Bornfriend (also represented in the Warwick collection); they shared a belief that painting and drawing offered “unique insight into human existence, aspects of which were impossible to convey through words”. They exhibited together in several two-man shows in England and Sweden.

From 1963 until 1988 he taught at the Art and Design Department at the London University Institute of Education.

Since 1952 Harris has exhibited regularly in group and solo shows in the UK and has also been represented in exhibitions the USA, Sweden and Japan. Collections which have acquired his work include Fitzwilliam Museum and Churchill College in Cambridge, the Royal College of Art, St Thomas’ Hospital, Bradford University, in Sweden at the Ministry of Culture, Dalamas Museum, Konsthallen Uppsala, Falum Museum and the Tokai Bank in Japan.

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