'She paints faces, bodies too, but even her bodies resemble faces in the way they tell stories, each one different, each compelling in its own way, each face and body reflecting a facet of the self within, the modern self ever questing on its own to know its ever-evolving identity.' – Carl Belz, Left Bank Art Blog
Anne Harris says about herself:
My family moved around a lot – Syracuse, Phoenix, Syracuse again, Tucson, Morehead, Kentucky, for high school. The longest place I've lived was Portland, Maine, from 1988 to 2001. Now I live in Riverside, Illinois, in the Chicago area.
I received a BFA in 1986 from Washington University in St. Louis. My MFA came from Yale in 1988. Both are great schools – very challenging. At Washington University, I learned that I could learn. At Yale, I learned that I couldn't paint, but again, that I could learn.
Also, I've been teaching in one form or another since 1988. I left full-time teaching when my son was small, but have kept my hand in it always. Currently, I teach undergraduate and graduate students at the School of the Art Institution of Chicago.
What others say about Harris:
Using herself and her children as models and employing a deft combination of modernist and old masterly skills, Ms. Harris paints luminous, delightfully weird portraits of possibly demonic or maybe angelic beings. They have finely detailed, glowing eyes; thin, veined skin; and overripe lips. They seem to emerge from a hallucinatory haze. – Ken Johnson, New York Times
Known for her Old-Master deftness, Harris uses her brush-handling skills to make unflattering, and unflinchingly psychological, self-portraits. – Ann Wilson Lloyd
Anne Harris's portraits go back at least 20 years, to paintings she made of herself and others in graduate school. Attracted to both hazy atmospheres and searing honesty, she has pursued an ambitious program. Accomplished technique supports the often brutal frankness of her self-portraits, which have the gravitas that results when truth is favored over any easy kind of beauty. – Jonathan Goodman, Art in America
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