Harry was born in a small Hampshire village. His family were builders and each Summer he worked as a labourer, but as something of a surprise to all, he also showed great promise as an artist. Following a short and confusing spell at Art School he moved to the city of Bristol to study Fashion and Textile design but was inexorably drawn to return to his rural roots, and to his first love - making pictures.
Having decamped to Somerset he set about painting an extraordinary cast of characters remembered from childhood. By reclaiming and reinventing them, Harry breathed new life into these old friends. Cute? Maybe, but seldom completely cuddly.
Drawing from folksy, artisan, 'low' art rather than urban, intellectual, 'high' art, his work connects directly with the public, circumventing the vagaries of the art world. Pieces produced with screen printing gurus Screen One (Banksy, Nick Walker etc.) have been described as 'Bucolic Street Art', where as the current Happy Year series has been compared to the work of Beatrix Potter. An English eccentric? An reclusive outsider? Harry is hard to pigeonhole, he lets his characters do the talking.
Harry's work is shown throughout Britian and recently debuted in New York.
R. White April 2017.