Charlotte Harris was born in Ashford, Kent in 1981 and currently works from her studio in Folkestone. She studied at Leeds Metropolitan University, during which time she worked as a studio assistant for the artist Tom Wood, whose work is featured in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery in London. At the age of 21, she won the BP Portrait Award in 2003 with a painting of her grandmother and later that year graduated with a 1st class Honours degree in Fine Art.
Charlotte has exhibited throughout the UK and in London including at the ING Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries; Hunting Art Prize, Royal College of Arts; The Hart Gallery, Islington; Affordable Art Fair, Battersea and Fairfax Gallery, Tunbridge Wells.
Charlotte’s painting of Dame Vivien Duffield was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery to form part of their primary collection. Further notable commissions include portraits of the Rt. Rev. Richard Harries, Bishop of Oxford, Sir Peter Jonas, the Staatsintendant of the Bavarian State Opera, Lord David Rowe-Beddoe and Brenda Billington, President of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.
2010 ING Purchase Prize Winner, First Prize Winner, ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2003 First Prize, BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London, First Prize Winner
2014 Honorary Doctorate of the Arts, Leeds Metropolitan University
2013-14 Regular Exhibitor, Beaux Arts, Bath
2012 Lynn Painter-Stainers Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2011 Rarity Gallery, Mykonos, Greece. Summer Salon Show
2011 The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2011 London Art Fair, Islington
2010 ING Purchase Prize Winner, ING Discerning Eye Exhibition, London
2010 The Affordable Art Fair, London and New York
2009-12 Regular exhibitor, Fairfax Gallery, Tunbridge Wells
2009 A Realist Exhibition, Folkestone.
2009 The Affordable Art Fair, London.
2009 A-Gallery, Wimbledon, London. Portrait Prize Painters Exhibition.
2008 The Affordable Art Fair, London.
2007-8 The Grocery Gallery, Folkestone. Mixed exhibition.
2006 Jenny Granger Gallery, Whitstable. Mixed exhibition.
2005 Art File Gallery, Oxford. Mixed Exhibition
2005 Art in Action, Waterperry, Oxford. Demonstrator of portrait painting and exhibitor
2004 Hart Gallery, 113 Upper Street, Islington, London. An exhibition of a number of works, as part of a mixed show
2004 The Hunting Art Prize, Royal College of Arts, London. An annual exhibition which also tours to Falmouth, Cornwall
2003 ‘Headstrong’ A group exhibition of various artists with an emphasis on portraiture, 4 Bedford Row, London
2003 Northern Graduate Exhibition, the New Academy Gallery, London
2003 BP Portrait Award, the National Portrait Gallery, London, First Prize Winner
2003 “Zero Three” Final year degree show, Leeds Metropolitan University
2002 The Gascoigne Gallery Painting Prize, the Gascoigne Gallery, Ilkley – Highly Commended
2002 ‘From Time to Time’. A joint exhibition with Richard Baker, Fine Art Gallery, Leeds Metropolitan University
WORK IN PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Portrait of Dame Vivien Duffield, National Portrait Gallery, London
Portrait of Sir Peter Jonas, State Opera House, Munich
Portrait of Leanne Creighton, Louise Sweeney and Anne-Marie Watkinson, Leeds Metropolitan University
Portrait of Emma Beith outside Carnegie Hall, Leeds Metropolitan University
2009 Portrait of Brenda Billington, President of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists
2008 Portrait of Lord David Rowe-Beddoe
2007 Portrait of Leanne Creighton, Louise Sweeney and Anne-Marie Watkinson, commissioned by Leeds Metropolitan University
2007 Portrait of Emma Beith outside Carnegie Hall, commissioned by Leeds Metropolitan University
2006 Portrait of Willet Fernando, commissioned by Standard Chartered
2006 Portrait of Dame Vivien Duffield, part of the collection at the National Portrait Gallery, London
2006 Portrait of Sir Peter Jonas, Artistic Director of the Bayerische Staatsoper
2006 Portrait of Sigrid Rausing
2006 Portrait of the Rt. Rev. Richard Harries, Bishop of Oxford
2003 Portrait of Vernon Scannell, West Yorkshire based poet, known for his wartime and love poetry
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
2000-2003 Leeds School of Art, Architecture and Design, Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds
First Class Honours, BA Fine Art
1999-2000 Kent Institute of Art and Design, Maidstone, Kent
BTEC Diploma in Foundation Studies
2001-2004 Studio assistant to critically acclaimed portrait and figurative artist Tom Wood (www.tomwood-painter.com); his portraits of the Prince of Wales and Sir Robert Winston hang in the National Portrait Gallery.