Jeffrey Harris

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1949

Jillian at French Farm with calf

  • 1972
  • Oil on canvas
  • Purchased 1997
  • 840 x 1065mm
  • 89/171

“It’s never just a landscape. My landscapes are always populated. And it’s normally the people in it that give the picture its meaning.” —Jeffrey Harris, 1981

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

Exhibition History

earlier labels about this work
  • [Picturing the Peninsula, 21 April - 22 July 2007] (

    French Farm / Rautahi lies on the west side of Akaroa Harbour near Barry’s Bay. Its name is derived from the abundant vegetable garden grown at the location by the crew of the French Navy corvette ‘Aube’. The ‘Aube’ accompanied the original French and German settlers on the ‘Comte de Paris’ to Akaroa in 1840 having been sent by the French Government to protect French interests at Akaroa. Many of Harris’ works from the late 1960s and 70s were of Peninsula subjects.

    Jeffrey Harris was born at Akaroa and grew up on Banks Peninsula. He spent much of his formative years on his family’s farm at French Farm and is largely self-taught as an artist.

    (Picturing the Peninsula, 21 April - 22 July 2007)