I’m a visual artist based in the Highlands of Scotland creating multi-dimensional art made of wood and textured paper.
Blurring the lines between art and design, my work has an almost sculptural feel. Creating handmade mini-worlds that play with the interaction of shadows, textures, light and shape.
I believe art is an act of the soul and these mini-worlds are often based on journeys I’ve made into the wild.
Explorations that fulfil my need to occasionally unplug from our increasingly busy and distracted existence.
I’ve always been fascinated by our concept of time and my art process helps explore and try make sense of this.
The gentle act of making the art itself forces me to slow down. Translating field notes and photographs to the wood and paper, piece by piece, mark by mark.
John Muir —
“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.”
Jonny Charles Harris — growing up in Yorkshire, I spent many a weekend exploring The Dales and the Lake District. Even when trekking with ridiculously heavy canvas tents in the Scouts, I loved the sense of adventure. Establishing a deep-rooted connectedness with wild places.
After studying a masters of art in London, I keep being drawn further and further north. Currently based in Moray, Scotland near the Cairngorm mountains where I find endless inspiration from the natural world.
Over the last 15 years, I’ve mostly worked in motion design and animation across music, art, fashion, broadcast and film (see jonnyharris.design). Honing my visual eye and being lucky enough to win some awards along the way. Highlights include designing the opening title sequence for much loved BBC drama series Shetland and Oscar nominated documentary Virunga.
During the last couple of years, I’ve been quietly working away in my studio late into the evenings. Slowly building an arts practice alongside my daytime design work. I’ve started to share this art wider in the summer of 2023.
Environment — as an artist I try and keep my environmental footprint as small as possible. Using non-toxic paint and wood glue as well as sourcing paper from ethical suppliers. It’s a continuous process and I’m always looking for ways to further reduce my impact and waste. My current focus is to try and source wood more locally.
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A big thanks to Northport for the portrait photography.
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