Michael Harrison

Auckland, New Zealand, b. 1961

Michael Harrison studied at Auckland University’s Elam School of Fine Arts, attaining his Master’s degree in 1997, staying on as a senior tutor until 1998. Harrison’s work is characterised by delicate, ethereal images of people and animals, executed in thinly worked acrylic on paper. Harrison’s paintings display a subdued (but nevertheless intense) eroticism, their picture-book simplicity hinting at darker currents of desire and betrayal. Harrison’s technique involves carefully working and re-working his images, resulting in works dated not to a particular year, but to a period of years—1999-2001 in the case of Beachcomber—or even a decade: Around the Pool is dated 1989-1999. An Artspace survey show of Harrison’s work, Love in the Shadows, toured the country in 2002-3. His work was included in the 14th Sydney Biennale, in 2004.

Auction Results


1996 - 1997

acrylic on paper

410mm x 290mm

Achieved $4,690

Moment of Change/Midnight


acrylic on paper (diptych)

305mm x 225mm (each panel)

Achieved $10,210.60