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Mark Harris

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Doorway and Rubble, Angkor Wat Complex, 2013 Ink Pen and Ink Washes 12" X 9" © Mark Harris
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Nude Standing 001, 2009 Acrylic Ink on Canvas 12 X 12 X 0.5 Inches © Mark Harris
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STADTHUIS STEPS, MELAKA, 2012 SHARPIE PEN on CANVAS 32"X32" © MARK HARRIS
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ME AND MY DRAWING, 2012 SHARPIE PEN on CANVAS 32"X32" © MARK HARRIS
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RHINO, 2012 SHARPIE PEN on CANVAS 32"X32" © MARK HARRIS
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Nude 001, 2009 Acrylic Ink on Canvas 12 X 12 X 0.5 Inches © Mark Harris
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ANGKOR DOORWAY, WINDOW AND APSARA, 2012 Pen and Ink on Canvas 32 X 32 X 1 Inches © Mark Harris
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Seated Nude 005, 2009 Acrylic Ink on Canvas 14 X 12 X 0.5 Inches © Mark Harris
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ANGKOR DOORWAY SKETCH, 2011 Pen and Ink Drawing With Ink Wash 9 X 12 X 0.0 Inches © Mark Harris
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Nude With Green Bracelets, 2009 Acrylic Ink on Canvas 12 X 12 X 0.5 Inches © Mark Harris
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Window, Phuket, 2010 Pen and Ink Drawing With Ink Wash 16 X 22 X 0.0 Inches © Mark Harris
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SUNDAY'S NUDE, 2012 SANGUINE PENCIL on WATERCOLOUR PAPER 16 X 12 X 0.0 Inches © Mark Harris
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ANGKOR WAT WINDOW AND DOOR, 2012 Pen and Ink on Paper 16 X 20 X 0.0 Inches © Mark Harris
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FRIDAY'S NUDE, 2012 SANGUINE PENCIL on WATERCOLOUR PAPER 16 X 12 X 0.0 Inches © Mark Harris
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Nude 015, 2009 Acrylic Ink on Canvas 12" X 12" © Mark Harris
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PAYNE'S GREY NUDE 002, 2012 Acrylic Ink on Watercolour Paper 12 X 9 X 0.0 Inches © Mark Harris
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SATURDAY'S NUDE, 2012 SANGUINE PENCIL on WATERCOLOUR PAPER 16 X 12 X 0.0 Inches © Mark Harris
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ANGKOR DOORWAY, ROCKS AND RUBBLE, PAYNE'S GREY, 2012 Pen and Ink Drawing With Ink Wash 16 X 20 X 0.0 Inches © Mark Harris
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THURSDAY'S NUDE, 2012 SANGUINE PENCIL on WATERCOLOUR PAPER 16 X 12 X 0.0 Inches © Mark Harris
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TEMPLE THAILAND, PAYNES GREY WASH, 2012 Pen and Ink Drawing With Ink Wash 20 X 16 X 0.5 Inches © Mark Harris
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ANGKOR WAT DOORWAY AND TREE, 2011 Pen and Ink on Paper 20 X 16 X 0.0 Inches © Mark Harris
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Nude 005, 2009 Acrylic Ink 14" X 18" © Mark Harris
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STRANGLER FIG TREE AND DOORWAYS, ANGKOR, PAYNE'S GREY, 2012 Pen and Ink Drawing With Ink Wash 16 X 20 X 0.0 Inches © Mark Harris
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Nude 037, 2009 Acrylic Ink on Canvas 12 X 12 X 0.5 Inches © Mark Harris
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DOORWAY AND WINDOW, ANGKOR WAT, 2012 Pen and Ink on Paper 9 X 12 X 0.0 Inches © Mark Harris
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Nude 012, 2009 Acrylic Ink on Paper 16 X 12 Inches © Mark Harris
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ANGKOR WAT SKETCH, STARBUCKS NAPKIN AND SHARPIES PEN, 2012 Pen and Ink on Starbucks Napkin 9" X 4" © Mark Harris
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Softer Sepia Nude 37A, 2009 © Mark Harris
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OLD BUILDING, PHNOM PENH , 2011 Acrylic Ink on Paper 12 X 9 X 0.0 Inches © Mark Harris
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Phuket Window, 2011 Acrylic Ink on Paper 16 X 22 X 0.0 Inches © Mark Harris
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ANGKOR WAT ARCHWAY, 2011 Pen and Ink on Paper 20 X 16 X 0.0 Inches © Mark Harris
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Amphitheatre, Nimes, 2011 Acrylic Ink on Paper 9 X 12 X 0.0 Inches © Mark Harris
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Preah Vihear, Cambodia, 2011 Acrylic Ink on Paper 9 X 12 X 0.0 Inches © Mark Harris
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Nude 008, 2008 Ink on Paper © Mark Harris
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Sanguine Nude, 2001 Sanguine Chalk © Mark Harris
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Preah Vihear, Cambodia, 2011 Pen and Ink on Paper 16" X 12" © Mark Harris
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Seated Nude 004, 2009 Acrylic Ink on Paper 16 X 12 Inches © Mark Harris
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Lacoste 002, 2011 Ink on Paper 16" X 12" © Mark Harris
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Lacoste 001, 2011 Ink on Paper 16" X 12" © Mark Harris
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Sunrise, Dayang Island, Malaysia, 2004 Watercolour on Paper 14" X 10" © Mark Harris
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Shophouse Windows, 2008 Acrylic Ink on Paper 12" X 10" © Mark Harris
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Temple Ruins, Prambanan, Indonesia, 2008 Ink on Starbucks Napkin 18 X 33.5 Centimeters © Mark Harris
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Beach, Sea and Sky, 2010 Ink on Canvas 10 X 20 X 0.5 Inches © Mark Harris
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Angkor Head and Doorway, 2008 Pen and Ink Drawing 16" X 12" © Mark Harris
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Haji Ali Mosque, Bombay, 2010 Acrylic Ink on Canvas 24 X 30 X 0.5 Inches © Mark Harris
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Nude 008, 2009 Acrylic Ink on Paper 16 X 12 Inches © Mark Harris
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Ruins, Preah Vihear, Cambodia, 2008 Pen and Ink Drawing 12 X 16 Inches © Mark Harris
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Seated Nude 004, 2009 Ink on Canvas 14 X 12 X 0.5 Inches © Mark Harris
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Angkor Doorway, 2008 Pen and Ink Drawing 16" X 12" © Mark Harris
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Rice Fields and Storm, Malaysia, 2001 Watercolour on Paper 14" X 10" © Mark Harris
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Daisies, 2009 Acrylic Ink on Canvas 37 " X 37" © Mark Harris
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Venus Applying Sunscreen, 2001 Watercolour on Paper 14" X 10" © Mark Harris
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Prambanan, Indonesia, 2008 Pen and Ink Drawing 12" X 10" © Mark Harris
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Nude 011, 2004 Ink on Paper © Mark Harris
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Angkor 001, 2008 Pen and Ink on Paper 20" X 30" © Mark Harris
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Nude 014, 2009 Acrylic Ink on Canvas 16" X 12" © Mark Harris
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Riverbank, Kuching, Sarawak, 2001 Watercolour on Paper 14" X 10" © Mark Harris
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Strange Box on a Beach, 2001 Watercolour on Paper 14" X 10" © Mark Harris
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Angkor Steps, 2008 Pen and Ink Drawing 16" X 12" © Mark Harris
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Chinese House, Malaysia, 2001 Watercolour on Paper 14" X 10" © Mark Harris
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Angkor, Ruined Doorway, 2008 Pen and Ink Drawing 14" X 18" © Mark Harris
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
UK
Birth year
1956
Lives in
London and Kuala Lumpur
Works in
London and Kuala Lumpur
Tags
art painting, nude, ink painting painting drawing, watercolor, realism
Statement

Mark Harris was born in England, but grew up in Australia and Papua New Guinea from the age of three to thirteen. His was a blissfully happy childhood spent daydreaming, chasing rare and endangered wildlife, which he kept in his bedroom, and drawing pictures of rabbits in the bottom left corner of large sheets of paper.

His parents very sensibly kept their distance from this strange and wayward boy, entrusting his education to a pack of dingoes and the Australian school system, where he learned to play rugby, count to ten and hurl a tennis ball the length of a football field. A great fondness for sports and outdoor adventure was matched by an equally enthusiastic propensity for catching near-fatal diseases, which has since become a lifelong hobby.

On his return to England a reversal of fortunes in the family’s finances forced the young Harris to abandon his ambition of becoming a Mini Cooper and continue with his formal education. A succession of violent and misanthropic pedagogical failures persuaded him that his only escape from the violence and misanthropy of pedagogical failure was to be found in the art room where his talents were nurtured by yet more savage but well meaning miscreants who managed to convince him of the utter folly of pursuing a career in art.

Having decided that art was indeed best left to recovering psychotics and former prime ministers, Mark Harris plunged into the world of languages and linguistics with all the enthusiasm of a Methodist dance instructor. Armed with a degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies and a pile of crumpled bank notes, he began to travel to exotic parts in search of voiceless fricative trills and voiced retroflex stops found only in those languages that cause permanent brain damage. 

Upon arriving in Malaysia  Mark Harris quickly abandoned a career in teaching for his revived interest in drawing and painting after watching Peter Greenaway’s A Draughtsman’s Contract several dozen times. 

Once in Southeast Asia the sharp contrasts of light and dark, the intense heat of reflected sunlight on scabrous stone and brick and the joy of drawing in plein air while soaked with sweat became as addictive as kissing Audrey Hepburn.