Dunedin-based painter Jeffrey Harris is profiled in this episode from a 1983 arts series. Harris talks about his quest for intensity and impact, and how violence both attracts and repulses him. He also discusses two of his influences — the surrounding landscape (particularly the wilds of Otago Peninsula and Seacliffe, and the older parts of Dunedin) and photographs, ranging from family portraits to newspaper pictures, which provided the figures that populated his expressionistic works.
A lot of the things that I'm interested in painting are the sort of things that were treated in the Middle Ages by the stages of life and things which aren't sort of evident in twentieth century art.– Jeffrey Harris
Made in association with Television New Zealand and the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council