Michael Harris is a self-taught oil painter, song writer and world traveller from Toronto Canada. Following a brief stint studying graphic design at college, Michael turned to travel for inspiration and adventure. Several months of immersion in the galleries and culture of Europe at 19 was followed by a year of travel in Australia at 21. To mark his transition to the ranks of professional artist at 24, Michael took his paints and palette on a yearlong trip around the world – painting his way through Hong Kong, Thailand, Australia, Nepal, India, Greece, Turkey and the UK. Between trips he honed his skills as a working artist, which included creating reproductions for an international art company, illustration, portraiture, murals, graphic design for an independent record label and private commissions.
Michael has spent years developing his personal approach to painting in oils. He has exhibited in Canada, the US and Australia and his work is enjoyed in private and corporate collections at home and internationally.
The paintings are about atmosphere, space and light. They conjure moods and memory. Like those quiet moments in nature when you turn and a scene opens in front of you. It draws you in. A moment that is intimate and personal yet hints at something transcendent.
Ogilvy Renault Law Firm
Terry Dobbin, Director at Ireland Fund of Canada
Adrienne Oliver, Partner at Norton Rose Fulbright
Brian Stewart, Senior Correspondent CBC News: The National
Paul Sorbara, Temperance Partners private investment firm.
2013 Photography & Illustration Award Winners edition of Applied Arts Magazine.
2012 Featured artwork in the published autobiography of Conrad Black, A Matter of Principle; McClelland & Stewart
2012 Feature in Blue Canvas Magazine (USA)
2003 Toronto Star; The Mountie as Canadian Martyr by Peter Goddard (Crucified Mountie show review)
2003 Eye Magazine; (Crucified Mountie show review)
2014 Chelsea International Fine Art Competition
2013 Photography & Illustration Award, Applied Arts Magazine.
1995 First Prize – Beaches Art Guild Juried Exhibition
1992 First Prize – Tom Thompson Memorial Gallery Juried Exhibition