Born 1948, studied painting at Exeter College of Art and graduated from there in 1970. A preoccupation with scale and atmosphere are the hallmarks of his work, and show a very English slant on science fiction culture in its focus. Executed in a traditional way of oil on canvas, many of the pieces are on a large scale. In 1984, NASA invited him to Cape Kennedy to witness a launch of the Space Shuttle and record the event in a painting, the first British artist to be thus honoured. That work now hangs in the Kennedy Space Centre, and is part of the Smithsonian Collection. Over the last 25 years he has continued to produce work for science fiction covers including many of the great names in the genre. Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Jack Vance, Fred Pohl, John Scalzi. to name a few. A new book of his work is to be published in 2014.
"Though much of my work seems to be squarely in the sci-fi genre, its emotional roots have more to do with the tradition of English Romantic landscapes and its preoccupations of vastness and ascendancy. It is the atmosphere that these elements generate, which is most important to me and which gently but persistently nudges me away from the purely illustrative." John Harris 2013
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