Christopher J. Harrison (British b.1935) Trompe L'Oeil: Maiolica Pottery Pilgrim Flasks and Bowls. Oil on Canvas. Signed with initials. 23.75in x 30.5in (60cm x 77.5cm) sight (visible painting) size. Mounted in a baguette frame (thin wood strip around the sides of the painting) - the rest of the apparent frame is part of the painting!). Frame dimensions: 24.5in x 31.5in (62cm x 79.5cm).
An astonishing painting by the leading contemporary trompe l'oeil painter in Britain (Trompe L'oeil: literally, "deceives the eye"), offered at an exceptionally low price for a work by this artist, whose gallery prices are circa £6,500 GBP (approximately $10,850 USD) for comparable works.
PROVENANCE: Provincial estate sale, UK.
CONDITION. In excellent condition. One tiny scuff at the upper left edge but it is so small it is barely worth a mention. Note: The small dark marks in the background are painted - part of the trompe l'oeil effect to give texture to the surface upon which the ceramics are apparently mounted.
ARTIST BIOGRAPHY. Born in 1935, Christopher John Harrison began training as a trompe l'oeil artist with his father, Frederick Clifford Harrison (British 1901-1984), while also working as a carpenter and pursuing an interest in the history and design of pottery. He also engaged in a parallel career and interest in music and musical instruments. He went on to spend a further four years training at London's leading commercial art studio followed by a further eight years working in commercial art and continuing training with his father, before embarking on his career as a trompe l'oeil artist.
Harrison has since achieved worldwide acclaim as has exhibited eleven times at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition since 1974. Pictures of four of his paintings have been included in the Royal Academy illustrated catalogue and he has also exhibited regularly at the Royal Society of British Artists. He has received many international commissions, from Europe, Scandinavia, Austria, South America, Saudi Arabia and the USA, including a major commission for the United States Embassy at Riyadh in Saudi Arabia.
Christopher J Harrison's work is represented by prestigious London galleries, including E. Stacy-Marks and the Alexander Miles Gallery.