Rebecca Harris graduated with an MFA in painting at the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts in 2013 after previously completing a degree in Art and Craft Design at the Christchurch Polytechnic. She has exhibited painting and ceramic sculptural works throughout New Zealand. Her work is represented in various art collections, including the Wallace Collection and Paris Family collection. In 2014 she was a recipient of the Ethel Susan Jones Fine Art Travelling Scholarship.
Rebecca Harris’s use of oil paint is sensuous and skilled. Beautifully rendered detail and pinpricks of colour, overlay oily fields of loose underpainting, scribed with the hard end of the brush for linear expression. At times she creates total inventions, almost sci-fi in their otherliness. Recently, she has sought to reflect nature precisely, but her own imagination and the acuteness of her viewing have inevitably inflected the mood.
“Her paintings have a distinct surrealistic and fairy tale flavour to them, finding inspiration in the forms of nature and landscape to confect delightful dream worlds.”
Andrew Paul Wood
Feb 2021, review by Jasmine Gallagher in Art NZ 177
March 2020, Rebecca Harris featured in NZ House and Garden
May 2016, Andrew Paul Wood on Rebecca Harris for Eye Contact
May 2015, Rebecca Harris featured in NZ Herald article