Artist Ted Harrison divides his life between Aberystwyth and Unst, Shetland. He works in many styles and media including installation, cut-steel sculpture and etched slate, as well as more traditional acrylic, oil and watercolour paint.
After a career in broadcasting - as a BBC correspondent, Radio 4 presenter and television documentary-maker - Ted made a major career change ten years ago and became an art student. He completed an MA in Fine Art and has since been working as an artist.
Last year his exhibition of 15 paintings on the subject of world conflicts over the last 100 years was shown at Gloucester Cathedral and St Bride’s, Fleet Street, London. In 2017 he also completed a series of 16 etchings on welsh slate ‘The Legends of St Padarn’ to mark the 1500th anniversary of the arrival of the saint in Wales.
In 2015 Ted’s sculpture ‘The Cherry Tree’, honouring transplant organ donors, was unveiled at Guy’s Hospital in London.
In 2011 his installation ‘Innocence Betrayed’ made from thousands of poppies and drawing attention to the way children are used to fight adult’s wars, was the Remembrance-tide focus under the dome at St Paul’s in London. Other works by Ted have been shown at St David’s, Llandaff and Norwich Cathedrals.
Much of his work reflects on issues of war and conflict, but he also explores visual ways of representing religious ideas which don’t involve language.
However, the paintings in this ArtWorks exhibition show another side of his art. Many of them have been influenced by the landscapes and seascapes of Wales and the far north of the UK.