Jeffrey Harris is a Dunedin-based painter, who has also worked in Christchurch, Melbourne and the United States. His 1970s works were expressionist in nature and depicted groups of figures in New Zealand landscapes, subject matter that is often interpreted as being autobiographical. Like McCahon, Harris often deploys religious symbolism or subject matter, such as crucifixions, in his work. In 1986, after his move to Melbourne, Harris began to engage with abstraction, producing works that focus on expressive mark-making. Harris is largely self-taught, although he was mentored by an older generation of New Zealand painters, particularly Michael Smither. Harris was the winner of the Wallace Art Awards in 2003, and a retrospective exhibition of his work toured New Zealand’s major public galleries from 2004-6.