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Gwen Leitch Harris (1931-2006)

Biography of Tasmanian painter and potter Gwen Leitch Harris (1931-2006)

Gwen Leitch Harris (1931-2006; Tasmania), a painter and potter, was born in Burnie in Tasmania in 1931 and educated in Hobart. In 1953, Leitch Harris was the first woman to receive a travelling scholarship, which took her to the Central School of Arts & Crafts in London where she became life long friends with Patrick Heron and Roger Hilton.

In 1956, Leitch Harris took up studio residence at Heron's house Eagles Nest in Cornwall. She was subsequently awarded a British Arts Council Studio, which enabled her to continue her painting while living and working in St Ives.

Through 1958 to 1969, Leitch Harris was part of the vibrant arts community there. From 1959 to 1961, she was a curator for the Penwith Arts Society and the Fore Street Gallery. Leitch Harris also managed the shop that Bernard Leach had in St Ives.

In 1959, Leitch Harris married the Yorkshire painter Jeffrey Harris. In 1970, the family returned to Tasmania where she briefly taught at the school of art before moving to Adelaide where she and her husband were both appointed lecturers at the South Australian School of Art.

The Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery and The Burnie Regional Art Gallery held exhibitions of her work in 2002.

She died on 1st September 2006 in Adelaide.

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Lot FS19/281: Gwen Leitch Harris [Tasmania 1931-2006] - Zennor Landscape

Gwen Leitch Harris [Tasmania 1931-2006] - Zennor landscape - inscribed with title and dated Jan 1957 on the reverse further inscribed Gwen Leitch, Eagles Nest on the reverse oil on board 20.5 x 24.5cm laid down on the artist's painted board 29.5 x 325cm.

Estimate: £250 - £350
Realised: £280