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Laura Quinn Harris

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Wigan

Biography

About

Laura Quinn Harris is a UK artist specialising in oil portraits of people and animals. Her work has been displayed in exhibitions across the UK and abroad, including the BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery, London, and the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition. She has been shortlisted for the Wildlife Artist of the Year and A&I Artists of the Year Awards and was a runner-up in Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year. Her sitters have included Sir Ian McKellen, Richard Dawkins and Armando Iannucci. She was also commissioned by the Royal College of Music to paint Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, whose portrait now hangs in the Britten Theatre.

Laura gained a degree in Mathematics from University College London, followed by a degree in Scientific & Natural History Illustration from Blackpool and the Fylde School of Art and Design. Here she discovered a passion for producing highly detailed images of the natural world. She enjoys focusing her attention on all the little elements that make a face unique, and builds up many translucent layers of oil paint to achieve the detail in her paintings. She undertakes commissions from all over the world and each one can take up to several months to complete.

 

Exhibitions

Exhibition History
  • 2020 BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London
  • 2020 Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
  • 2020 Perceptions – Contemporary British Portrait Painters, Cass Art, Islington
  • 2020 Make It Open, Wigan Steam, Wigan
  • 2019 RBSA Portrait Prize, RBSA Gallery, Birmingham
  • 2018 Wigan Open, Isherwood Gallery, Wigan
  • 2018 Birds in Art, Woodson Museum, Wisconsin
  • 2018 DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year, Mall Galleries, London
  • 2018 Being Allowed to Look, Saul Hay Gallery, Manchester
  • 2018 Lancashire Open, Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk
  • 2018 St Helens Open, World of Glass, St Helens
  • 2018 Shortlist, Saul Hay Gallery, Manchester
  • 2018 Glory of Tradition, Isherwood Gallery, Wigan
  • 2018 New Light Prize, Bowes Museum , Barnard Castle
  • 2017 Natuurlijk Natuur, Kunstgalerie Staphorsius, Westzaan
  • 2017 Birds in Art, Woodson Museum, Wisconsin
  • 2017 Face to Face, Cass Art, London
  • 2017 BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London
  • 2017 Exhibition of Wildlife Art, Gordale, Wirral
  • 2017 Women in Art, Burgh House, London
  • 2017 DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year, Mall Galleries, London
  • 2017 RBSA Prize, RBSA Gallery, Birmingham (People’s Choice Award Winner)
  • 2017 The Swinley Group, Isherwood Gallery, Wigan
  • 2017 Wigan Arts Festival, Old Courts, Wigan
  • 2017 Artists & Illustrators Artists of the Year, Mall Galleries, London
  • 2016 Artists & Illustrators Artists of the Year, Mall Galleries, London (Art Academy Award Winner)
  • 2016 Face Value, Collyer Bristow, London
  • 2016 DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year, Mall Galleries, London
  • 2016 St Helens Open Art, World of Glass, St Helens (Best Portrait Award Winner)
  • 2015 Wildlife Art Exhibition, Mandala Gallery, Singapore (Best Artist Award Winner)
  • 2015 St Helens Open Art, World of Glass, St Helens (First Prize Winner)
  • 2014 Portrait Artist of the Year Finalists, National Portrait Gallery, London
  • 2013 National Exhibition of Wildlife Art, Gordale, Wirral
  • 2013 St Helens Open Art, World of Glass, St Helens
  • 2012 National Exhibition of Wildlife Art, Gordale, Wirral
  • 2012 St Helens Open Art, World of Glass, St Helens
  • 2011 National Exhibition of Wildlife Art, Gordale, Wirral
  • 2010 National Exhibition of Wildlife Art, Gordale, Wirral
  • 2009 Society of Wildlife Artists, Mall Galleries, London
  • 2009 National Exhibition of Wildlife Art, Gordale, Wirral
  • 2009 Marks of Nature, 5 Blenheim Crescent Gallery, London

Education

Education History
  • 2010: BA (Hons) Scientific & Natural History Illustration – Blackpool & the Fylde School of Art & Design
  • 2006: Foundation Diploma in Art & Design – Winstanley College
  • 2005: BSc (Hons) Mathematics – University College London

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http://www.lauraquinnharris.com