Jeffrey Harris

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1949

Family at Christmas

  • 1975
  • Oil on board
  • N. Barrett Bequest Collection, purchased 2020
  • 311 x 388mm
  • 2020/043

The figures in Family at Christmas project what Peter Ireland called “an oppressive solitude”; there seems to be as much holding them apart as holding them, momentarily, together. Where we might expect smiles for this festive family gathering, instead mouths are grimly pursed and postures have an awkwardness about them.

(Jeffrey Harris: The Gift, 1 October 2022 – 12 March 2023)

Exhibition History