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Michael Harrison

Born Auckland, 1961

Currently lives and works in Auckland





BFA, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, 1985

MFA, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, 1996 






Can’t Talk Now (w/ John Roy), Sumer, Tauranga

Teardrop Rays, Robert Heald Gallery, Wellington



The Curve of Fortune, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland

Saturn Trine Pluto, Robert Heald Gallery, Wellington

The Accident of Ourselves, Brett McDowell Gallery, Dunedin

Buried in the Light, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney


(w/ Richard Bryant), CAVES, Melbourne

Species Chaos, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland
The Compressive Arc, Robert Heald Gallery, Wellington

Escape Activity, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland
Realisation is Endless, Brett McDowell Gallery, Dunedin


Observer State, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland
Memory Cells, Robert Heald Gallery, Wellington
Local Supercluster, Brett McDowell Gallery, Dunedin

Symmetrical Voice, Ivan Anthony, Auckland

Search Friction, Robert Heald Gallery, Wellington



Invasion Biology, Brett McDowell Gallery, Dunedin

Tinder and Timber, Ramp Gallery, Wintec, Hamilton

Trace of a Place, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland



Venus in the Tenth House, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland


The Heat of Winter, Brett McDowell Gallery, Dunedin

From This World to the Next, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland



Waking Up Late, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney

A Slave to your Secret, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland
Map to Find a Map, Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington



Shapes of Thoughts, Brett McDowell Gallery, Dunedin

Sun Square Saturn, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland

Cascade Effect, Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington

Daytime of the Night, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney

Michael Harrison, Brett McDowell Gallery, Dunedin             

Example of the Ravens, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland

Destination (w/ Kirstin Carlin), Snowwhite, Auckland



Crater of Phlox (w/ Yvonne Todd), Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland

Left Below, Brooke Gifford Gallery, Christchurch

A Moment in the Glass, Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington



Nothing Happened, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney

Hard to Get, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland

Supposed to Know, Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington



Strangers as Messengers, Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington

Somebody Up Ahead, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland

New Eyes (w/ Brendon Wilkinson), Brooke Gifford Gallery, Christchurch



Dogleg Road, Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington

Revolutionary Charm, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney

Misty Solution, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland



Love in the Shadows, Dunedin Public Art Gallery; City Gallery, Wellington

Wrong Intelligence, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland

Dare to Lose to Win (w/ Saskia Leek), Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington



Half Dark Beyond the Trees (w/ Anne Wallace), Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland

Almost Never, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney

In the Clouds, Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington

Love in the Shadows, Artspace, Auckland



I've Got This Friend, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland

You Can't Go Back, Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington



Unimagined, Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington

Beyond Us Now, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney



Misguided, Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington



Coming West, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney

Already Here, Vavasour Godkin Gallery, Auckland

Just as Real, Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington

Hosting (w/ Joyce Campbell), 1st Floor, Melbourne



Love of Necessity, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney

Eternal Return, Vavasour Godkin Gallery, Auckland

I Wish (w/ Seraphine Pick), Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington

Hosting (w/ Joyce Campbell), Physics Room, Christchurch



Second Self, Darren Knight Gallery DKW, Melbourne
Invisible, Teststrip, Auckland
Pool Party, Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington



Unauthorised, Vavasour Godkin Gallery, Auckland

Dreams of an Asp, Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington

Lost, Teststrip, Auckland



One God or Several, Vavasour Godkin Gallery, Auckland

Hamish McKay Gallery (w/ Seraphine Pick), Wellington



Yes and No, Myfanwy Rees Gallery, Auckland



Habits of Nature, Myfanwy Rees Gallery, Auckland



I Remember, The Fish Shop Gallery, Auckland



Everywhere I Look, The Fish Shop Gallery, Auckland



I Can See, George Fraser Gallery, Auckland






Multiples, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland



A Series of Bad Decisions, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland

On Paper: Drawings from the Wallace Arts Trust, The Pah Homestead, Auckland



Provenance, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland



Multiples, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland

No Adults / Yes Adults, Muka Gallery, Auckland



Spring 1883 (w/ Robert Heald Gallery), The Hotel Windsor, Melbourne
Reverie: Contemplative Paintings from the Collection, The Dowse, Lower Hutt




Atoms, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland

Drawing the Line, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth



Animal Spirits, Sugar Cube, Stockholm

Tender is the Night, City Gallery, Wellington

Saskia Leek / Ronnie van Hout / Isobel Thom / Michael Harrison, Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington

Animal Incarnations, Papakura Art Gallery, Auckland


Graham, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland

Liquid Dreams, The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt



Feelings, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland

Wall Works, Adam Art Gallery, Wellington

Hoof vs Hand, Paul Nache Gallery, Gisborne



Reboot: The Jim Barr and Mary Barr Collection, City Gallery, Wellington

Diena Georgetti / Michael Harrison / Saskia Leek / Ricky Swallow, Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington
Who Let the Dogs Out, Lake Macquarie City Gallery, Booragul; Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Gymea



Reboot: The Jim Barr and Mary Barr Collection, Christchurch Art Gallery



Birds, Pataka Gallery, Porirua

Reboot: The Jim Barr and Mary Barr Collection, Dunedin Public Art Gallery

Just Painting, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki



Makeover, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth

Small World Big Town, Contemporary Art from Te Papa, City Gallery, Wellington

Snake Oil, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki



The 14th Biennale of Sydney: On Reason and Emotion, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

True Love, Dunedin Public Art Gallery



Paper Works, Kate MacGarry, London



Past Presents, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington


High Anxiety, Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington

Prospect 2001: New Art New Zealand, City Gallery, Wellington

L. Budd /Michael Harrison /Ann Shelton, Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland

Black / White & Grey, Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney



Heart on Your Sleeve, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart



Go Figure, Hamish McKay Gallery, Wellington



Close Quarters: Contemporary Art from Australia & New Zealand.  Touring until 2000 to Monash University Gallery and Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane; Canberra School of Art; Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth; Dunedin Public Art Gallery; Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Four Artists, Brooke Gifford Gallery, Christchurch

Saturday Night/Sunday Morning, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth



Signs of the Times: Sampling New Directions in New Zealand Art, City Gallery, Wellington


Seven New Zealand Artists, Mornington Regional Gallery, Victoria
Six New Zealand Artists, Doggett Street Studio, Brisbane



Ethnological Forgery Series, Teststrip, Auckland



Loan Stars, Brooke Gifford Gallery, Christchurch

Taking Stock of the Nineties, Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui


Suffer, Teststrip, Auckland

Hamish McKay Gallery (with Tony de Lautour and Jason Greig), Wellington

after after McCahon, Cubewell House, Wellington



Light Sensitive, Artspace, Auckland

Round 4, George Fraser Gallery, Auckland



Two by Two, The Fish Shop Gallery, Auckland

Contemporary New Zealand Art, Hawkes Bay Exhibition Centre, Hastings



exuberant, floating, dancing, mocking, childish and blissful art, George Fraser Gallery, Auckland



Bestia Fabrica, The Fish Shop Gallery, Auckland



Young Contemporaries, CSA Gallery, Christchurch





Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Christchurch Art Gallery

The Dowse Art Museum

Dunedin Public Art Gallery

Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

James Wallace Arts Trust, Auckland

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington

University of Auckland





Barton, Christina, Stanhope, Zara and Clare Williamson (eds.), Close

Quarters: Contemporary Art from Australia and New Zealand, Melbourne:

Monash University Gallery and ACCA, 1998

Bywater, Jonathan, ‘Michael Harrison,’ Artforum, November 2009, p. 252

Bywater, Jonathan, ‘Here, puss, puss, puss,’ New Zealand Listener, 11 January 2003, p. 55

Bywater, Jonathan, ‘Auckland Exhibitions,’ Art New Zealand #100, Spring 2001, p.54
Bywater, Jonathan, ‘Every Song on the radio is about us,’ in Strongman, Lara (ed.), Signs of the Times: Sampling New Directions in New Zealand Art, Wellington: City Gallery, 1997, pp.12-13

Carlos, Isabel (curator), Biennale of Sydney 2004: on reason and

emotion, Biennale of Sydney Ltd, 2004

Carman, David, ‘Round 4,’ Stamp, September 1992, p.40

Clayton, Hamish, ‘Wellington Exhibitions,’ Art New Zealand #136, Summer 2010-11, p.27

Corner, Katy, ‘Intuitive Choices,’ City Voice, October 1998

Dunn, Megan, ‘Cat Art,’ Pavement #46, April-May 2001, p.26

Eggleton, David, ‘Dunedin Exhibitions,’ Art New Zealand #146, Winter 2013, p.31

French, Blair, ‘A Cool Breeze at Dawn,’ Globe E, Issue 11, 2000

French, Jennifer, ‘Invisible,’ monica, Summer 1997, p.54

Frizzell, Dick, It's All About the Image, Auckland: Godwit, 2011

Gifford, Adam, ‘Dark matter of the mind,’ New Zealand Herald, 8 September, 2004

Johnson, Kylie, Heart on Your Sleeve, Hobart: University of Tasmania, 2000

Jones, Kristin M., ‘Michael Harrison,’ Frieze Art Fair Yearbook 2004

Kidd, Courtney, ‘Pecking Disorder,’ Sydney Morning Herald, 9 May, 2000, p.15

McAloon, William, ‘Art Review,’ Sunday Star Times, 22 October, 2000

McAloon, William, ‘Art Review,’ Sunday Star Times, 28 January, 2001

McKenzie, Stuart, ‘The Double Life of Michael Harrison,’ MIDWEST #8,1995, pp.23-2

McNamara, T.J., ‘Visual cries and whispers,’ New Zealand Herald, 25 November, 2002, p.B5

McQualter, Andrew, ‘Hung and Drawn,’ Log Illustrated #6, 1999, p.38

O'Brien, Gregory, Welcome to the South Seas: Contemporary New Zealand

Art for Young People, Auckland University Press, 2004

Paton, Justin, How to look at a painting, Wellington: Awa Press, 2005

Paton, Justin, Reboot: The Jim Barr and Mary Barr Collection, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 2007

Rhodes, Briony, ‘Heart on Your Sleeve,’ Eyeline, Summer 2000/2001, p.39

Sanderson, Anna, ‘Dreams of an Asp,’ Art +Text #52, 1995, pp.86-87

Scott, Hanna (ed.), Harrison, Michael, Heald, Robert and Justin Paton,

Love in the Shadows, Auckland: Artspace, 2003

Were, Virginia, ‘The fugitive medium,’ Art News New Zealand, Winter 2009, pp.98-102

Zepke, Stephen, ‘The art of reproduction,’ Stamp #30, April 1992, pp.16-17



‘All things fall,’ Log Illustrated #15, Summer 2002, p.7  (page work)

‘Astral Incidents,’ in Laird, Tessa & Rm 103 (eds.), Nights of our Lives, 2006, pp.20-26

‘It’s over, right?,’ Log Illustrated #14, Spring 2001, p.22  (page work)

‘Michael Harrison,’ sunbathing under beanstalks (Ramp Magazine #2), 2004, pp.32-35  (page works)

‘Moon Dogs,’ Black Magazine #10, 2009, p.215  (page work)

‘Museum without a Budget,’ monica, August/September 1996, p.40

‘Senseless Attraction,’ Teststrip Micrograph, Auckland: Teststrip, 1996 

‘She saw me clearly,’ Log Illustrated #12, Autumn 2001, p.23  (page work)

‘Taste,’ Foxymoron, October 2005  (page work)

‘The Coming of Kitty’ (with Pearl Harrison), in Intra, Giovanni and Susan Hillery (eds.), Anthology of the Crushed Honey Press, Auckland: Crushed Honey Press, 1992  (visual essay)

‘The slow one now will later be fast,’ Log Illustrated #13, Winter 2001, p.17  (page work)

‘The Way Animals Behave: Some Appropriations,’ Antic #7, 1990, pp.16-19  (visual essay)

‘Visions in a Public Glade,’ in Paton, Kim and Wendy Richdale (eds.), Public Good, Hamilton: Ramp Press, 2013, pp.42-44