Jeffrey Harris

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1949


  • 1971
  • Pencil on paper
  • 422 x 678mm
  • 87/11

Jeffrey’s drawings and etchings are among some of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most memorable and extraordinary graphic work. Deposition is rich with dream-like imagery, amplified through the intensity of incredibly detailed marks and patterns that form the backdrop to the composition. There’s a vulnerability to many of the figures, who are hunched over in foetal positions, standing with hands held over eyes; a dead body is carried away reflecting the deposition of the title. Power poles double up as crosses in the landscape, some symbolising the outstretched arms of Jesus crucified. But there are also many tender moments in this work, like a couple in a loving intimate embrace and men bearing flowers.

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

Exhibition History