Andrew Harris was raised and educated in the South of England. It was whilst he was at secondary school that he first discovered an interest in art. Whilst at college, he began using oils and this medium has formed the backbone of his work ever since.
With a keen interest in aviation from a young age, it was inevitable that the two interests would combine to become his passion for aviation art. Heavily influenced by the work of Robert Taylor, his work has become increasingly popular with collectors, having undertaken numerous commissions and exhibited at a host of venues. These have not only included art galleries in the South of England but his work has also been exhibited at the Brooklands Museum, Surrey and Tangmere Military Aviation Museum. In recent years, Andrew has held a number of very successful solo exhibitions at Shoreham Airport.
In the past, Andrew's work has also been featured in newspaper and magazine articles. Examples of Andrew's past work, now in the hands of private collectors, can be seen in the 'Portfolio of Paintings'.
Andrew is the Treasurer of the Solent Aviation Art Society (SAAS), a small group of dedicated aviation artists that regularly exhibit across the south. It was at the 2010 annual exhibition that Andrew was first awarded the SAAS Beales Trophy for his painting “Spitfire Harvest” and the SAAS Trophy for “High and Mighty”, which was voted the best painting in the show by visitors. The Beales Trophy was retained in 2011 for his portrayal of a Sea Harrier in “Gathering Storm”. The SAAS Trophy was again won in 2012 for his painting “On Scene Arrival”, once more voted for by visitors to the annual exhibition.
Andrew is an elected Associate of the prestigious Guild of Aviation Artists (AGAvA), the world’s premier society for aviation artists. He has exhibited alongside the world’s foremost aviation artists for a number of years at the Guild’s “Aviation Paintings of the Year” exhibition at The Mall Galleries in central London, successfully selling a number of works.
More recently, Andrew has added a range of pencil drawings to his portfolio. These include numerous drawings that have been personally signed by a number of World War Two aircrew and also genuine fragments of the aircraft portrayed in his drawings. All such pencil drawings are supported by documents detailing the careers of the signatories or the circumstances surrounding the loss of the aircraft to which the fragments relate.