Richard Harrison was born in Liverpool in 1954. He read Medieval History at Cambridge University and then received BA and MA Fine Art degrees in Painting from Chelsea School of Art. The critic Brian Sewell was an early champion of Harrison's work. He recognised its committed, insistent nature and described the artist as 'a visionary prophet' and his paintings as 'big, bold, beautiful and threatening'. 


His abstract landscapes are rich in colour and texture with generous lashings of paint, which ebb and flow on the canvas reflecting turbulence and often violent upheaval. Harrison's paintings are awesome in scale; their content exaggerated by the vigorous and robust handling of voluminous layers of paint adeptly manipulated to create a dynamic expression of form and colour which resonate all-over the canvas thus underpinning the powerful emotional and visionary themes ever present in the artist's compositions. The artist strives for an intensely uncompromising and powerful effect, which he describes as 'no half measures'.


These are 'Romantic' paintings, concerned with struggle, the 'sublime' and intense emotion. They are rooted in the artist's desire to experience more than the everyday and a frustration with the tedium of a highly mediated and disassociated world. He aligns himself with his historical heroes: Goya's sombre imaginings, Turner's evocations of elemental power and Bacon's existential despair. He sees them as fellow outsiders enacting a Nietzschean contest for mastery of the self. We see him as the mounted figure carving a path through a sea of paint.