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Featured Artist: David Harrison, MA, ASA


David Harrison, Graffiti Palimpsest : Disc Modules


David was born in England and studied in London before emigrating to Canada in 1967. He has extensive experience teaching and administering Fine Arts programs in both public schools as well as University. With over 40 years experience as a painter and art educator he continues to challenge himself with work requiring both precision and spontaneity. His work is in private collections in numerous countries and he is a juried member of the Alberta Society of Artists and the Society of Canadian Artists.
David’s compelling images of both mountain and prairie landforms use atmospheric elements which add a meditative quality to his work. Working mainly in watercolour his images are boldly fluid. He also works with various recycled and reused materials working in a complex matrix. An exhibition and awards juror he has worked internationally as a faculty consultant to The College Board in New Jersey evaluating Advanced Placement Studio Art. He regularly submits to juried shows and has had work accepted into numerous traveling exhibitions.




David Harrison, Deconstructed Graffiti : Emma Lake. Fairy Island Series #2

Q & A with the ASA

ASA: Can you tell us about your influences?

David: In Yorkshire my hometown art gallery had a strong collection of British Modernist work and so in my high school years I was influenced by the work of Paul Nash, Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth but I was also terrified by the work of Victorian painters William Holman Hunt, Elizabeth Butler and Atkinson Grimshaw who in a Victorian way painted a darker view which I found alien.

In my college years in London I discovered a wider world of art in Goya at the Royal Academy, Robert Rauschenberg at the Whitechapel, and Miro, Bacon and Giacometti at the Tate. Fertile ground for a young art student. I still reflect back to my Yorkshire roots through the work of David Hockney, Antony Gormley, Henry Moore and once again Barbara Hepworth and I am even beginning to appreciate Atkinson Grimshaw.

David Harrison, Acrylic Palimpsest : Prairie Elipses


ASA: What do you consider your most succesful body of work to date?

David: While I consider myself primarily a watercolour painter, for the past few years I have been engaged in the collection and application of urban graffiti. In my studio practice I construct and deconstruct surfaces using graffiti, results of industrial decay and my own (and other artists) recycled work. My Graffiti Palimpsest series is an exciting and challenging direction and one which is producing gratifying results.

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