Sam Harrison’s recent series of works present large-scale woodcut portraits of the human form. Sam's new works hark back to Renaissance ideals of beauty and form, his finely chiseled woodcut prints show an exceptional draftsmanship and a lively and sensitive engagement with the subject. Portrayed with empathy, the figures are modeled through variances between light and dark. Their often near life size scale adds to the presence of the subject, holding the viewer in their steady gaze.
Sam Harrison graduated with a Bachelor of Art and Design from the CPIT School of Art and Design in 2006 and in the same year won the Visual Arts First Prize in the Mortlock McCormack Law Art competition and additionally, the Farina Thompson Drawing Award. His work features in public and private collections throughout New Zealand.