Cheryl Harrison

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I sometimes work in series, other times it’s where the painting wants to take me and I love that. My work is often inspired by the energy and rhythm found in music and nature. I combine elements from popular culture or life’s everyday events – a word, a triggered memory or a crashing wave on a morning walk. I call these my lifescapes. Equally, travelling and experiencing urban environments evoke both movement and energy within my mark-making. 
For the past twenty years my arts practice has jumped around different genres and mediums including film and television production, which I still love getting wrapped up in. My paintings often combine heavily impasto paint with thin washes. This technique has evolved through necessity, allowing me to continue working when my Rheumatoid Arthritis and CTS says otherwise. I like to think this ‘workaround’ is a positive influence as I find myself increasingly working the paint with my hands, instead of holding tools, cutting out the “middle man”, bringing my energy even closer to the work. Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoy a connection with my art.

I gained my Bachelor of Arts in Australia and held my first solo show in 2001, at the Australian High Commission, London U.K. From there I regularly began exhibiting via group and solo shows across the U.K. For a decade I based myself in the artist colony of St. Ives, Cornwall – a place where l was fortunate enough to work along side some leading contemporary British artists. Returning to Australia in 2008, l completed my masters degree at the Queensland College of Art and have since held several solo exhibits and opened two galleries in between long stints of hibernation in my Port Douglas studio in tropical Far North Queensland.


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