About Anthony Harris

"I use the landscape as a metaphor. My work explores the complexity of the terrain in ways that challenge the viewers' own boundaries and conventions of romanticising something, in the present, or may occur in the future - moving beyond our preconceived and comfortable human perceptions. These landscapes hold within them aspects other than pure nature - the panorama is composed of elements that bear witness to change and evolution."

Anthony Harris studied Fine Arts at the Natal Technikon under some of South Africa's foremost artists; Andrew Verster, Patrick O'Connor, Paul Stopforth and Gavin Younge. After graduating, he taught art at various institutions in Natal over the period 1977 to 1984 and began to exhibit professionally.

His first major exhibition was held at the Walsh Marais Gallery, Durban, in 1978. Since then, he has held over 32 solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group exhibitions both nationally and internationally including New York, London and Melbourne.

In 2010 was commissioned by the Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA) to do a public art work "Voting Line" on the Donkin Reserve in Nelson Mandela Bay, which forms part of ROUTE 67: 67 commissioned public art works that celebrate Nelson Mandela's 67 years of public service.

In the new series of work titled "Deep Time", "Mapping" and "Mapping Boundaries", Harris conceptually explores land issues: the concept of geologic time, social geography, political, culture and cultural identity. "Maps codify mans existence…"

"The desire to mark and socialise "space"; thereby making them "places" is a universal human urge. Southern Africa is a multiplex mosaic of cultural marks. The earliest evidence of land-scaping is the 2 million years of tradition of stone tools wrought from fine-grained rocks. Then is the 100,000 years of symbolically using and marking earth-ochres. We have still more marks - San rock-art; Black farmers' stone walled towns, Khoe herders' trek routes and White settlers telephone poles. All these marks make imprints like contour lines on the land and betoken layers of relationships between inner mind-scapes and outer land-scapes." Modern science has established, after a long and complex history of developments, the age of the Earth at around 4.54 billion years.

His work is found in private, corporate and public collections in South Africa, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Belgium, U.S.A, India, Saudi Arabia, Sweden and Holland.

Selected Exhibitions:
2016: Group Exhibition: Lussac les églises, France
2016: Solo Exhibition National Arts Festival
2016: Solo Exhibition Greg Kerr Gallery Prince Albert
2016: Group Exhibition Agapanthus Gallery, Cape Town
2016: Group Exhibition Knysna Fine Art, Knysna
2016: Group Exhibition GFI Gallery Port Elizabeth
2016: Group Exhibition Prince Albert Art Festival - Prince Albert Art Gallery
2016: Solo Exhibition SumaRidge Wine Estate Hermanus
2016: Group Exhibition AitY Gallery Franschhoek
2016: Group Exhibition Originals Gallery Hermanus
2016: Group Exhibition "+18" Art on Target Gallery Port Elizabeth

2015: Biannual: 2015. Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum
2015: Group Exhibition "Wish You Were Here" Athenaeum, Port Elizabeth
2015: Group Exhibition "Wish You Were Here" William Humphrey's Art Gallery, Kimberly
2015: Group Exhibition "Wish You Were Here" National Arts Festival, Grahamstown
2015: "Dialogue" Two man exhibition - William Humphrey's Art Gallery, Kimberly
2015: "Earth Dialogue" Solo Exhibition National Arts Festival, Grahamstown
2015: "Here be Dragons" Group Exhibition, Underculture Contemporary, Port Elizabeth
2015: "Here be Dragons" Group Exhibition, Gallery on Leviseur, Bloemfontein
2015: "Addo Visited" Group exhibition, National Arts Festival with GFI Gallery

2014 Solo Exhibition "Deep Time" National Arts Festival
2014 Curator and exhibitor: "4:40" Exhibition National Arts Festival
2014 Curator and exhibitor: "FOOD FOR THOUGHT" Exhibition at ART Gallery
2014 Group Exhibition, XPRESSIONS 2014 (Curator) Exhibition National Arts Festival

2013 Solo Exhibition National Arts Festival
2013 Curator "Modern Miniatures" Exhibition National Arts Festival
2013 Numerous group exhibitions at ART Gallery (Curator)

2012 Solo Exhibition National Arts Festival
2012 Group Exhibition, XPRESSIONS 2012 (Co-Curator) Exhibition National Arts Festival
2012 Group "Collective 2012"

2011 Solo Exhibition National Arts Festival
2011 Finalist - Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum 2011 Biennale

2010 Commission "Voting Line" - 38m Life-size public sculpture to in the Donkin Reserve - Nelson Mandela Bay
2010 Group Exhibition NMMU - "Re-sponse" - Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum - by invitation
2010 Solo Exhibition, National Arts Festival
2010 Group Exhibition, Colour Colloquium, Rhodes University - by invitation
2010 Invited to participate in the Beijing Biennale - China
2010 Group Exhibition, XPRESSIONS 2010 (Co-Curator)

2009 "Beyond the Surface" Solo Exhibition, Ron Belling Gallery, Port Elizabeth
2009 London Art Fair, London UK
2009 Solo Exhibition De Kraal Gallery Paarl

2008 Solo Exhibition Knysna Fine Art
2008 Solo Exhibition David Brown Fine Art Johannesburg
2008 Two Man Exhibition Association of Arts Pretoria
2008 Solo Exhibition National Arts Festival Grahamstown
2008 Solo Exhibition Cuyler Street Gallery Port Elizabeth
2008 Group Exhibition Aspire Gallery Pretoria
2008 Six Person Exhibition Eco Gallery New York, USA
2008 Group Exhibition POS+TIVE Sun City
2008 Group Exhibition EPSAC 90th Anniversary Port Elizabeth
2008 Group Exhibition David Brown Fine Art (POS+TIVE) Johannesburg

2007 "Roots/Routes" - Solo exhibition National Arts Festival Grahamstown
2007 "Roots/Routes" - Solo exhibition KKNK Arts festival Oudshoorn
2007 Port Elizabeth Artists - Group Exhibition, Gallery - Grande Provence Estate, Franschoek

2006 "Earth" - Solo exhibition KKNK Arts Festival Oudshoorn
2006 Group Exhibition Tamasa Gallery Durban
2006 "Earth" - Three-man Exhibition National Arts Festival Grahamstown
2006 Group Exhibition Gallery - Grande Provence Franschoek
2006 Finalist - Biennale Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum, Port Elizabeth
2006 Two-man Exhibition Artworks Gallery, Somerset West
2006 Group Exhibition, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum, Port Elizabeth
2006 "Seven Ways" - Group Exhibition Textures Gallery, Port Elizabeth

2005 Opened Textures Gallery 14 Park Lane Central, Port Elizabeth, with the aim of promoting SA Art and Artists to the broader Eastern Cape Art enthusiast
2005 Group Exhibition, Textures Gallery, Port Elizabeth
2005 Three-man Exhibition, KKNK Arts Festival, Oudshoorn
2005 Group Exhibition, Cuyler St Gallery, Port Elizabeth
2005 Three-man Exhibition, National Arts Festival, Grahamstown

2004 Solo Exhibition, KKNK Arts Festival, Oudshoorn
2004 Four Person, Exhibition National Arts Festival, Grahamstown
2004 Eastern Cape Artists Exhibition, National Arts Festival, Grahamstown
2004 Group Exhibition, EPSAC Gallery, Port Elizabeth
2004 Moved to Port Elizabeth from Gordon's Bay, Cape Town
2004 85th Annual Exhibition EPSAC Gallery, Port Elizabeth

Catalogues and Publications:

"Celebrating 100 Years" 2015: Mandela Bay Business Camber
"Infocom"2015: Mandela Bay Business Chamber
"Not Too Young" 2014 Department of Basic Education. Published by Shikaya
"Pluralism and Development" 2011. University of Cape Town. Law Department
"Response" 2010 Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
"Skin"2011: Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum
"Wish You Were Here" 2015
"XPRESSIONS 2010" GFI Gallery
Biannual 2006: Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum
Biannual 2008: Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum
Biannual 2011: Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum
Biannual 2015: Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum
SA Art Times June 2012
SA Art Times June 2013