Mr Paul Harrison

Senior Lecturer, Fine Art (Video)

Email address: Phone number: 01902 328544 Location: MK705 Faculty: Faculty of Arts School/Institute: Wolverhampton School of Art Areas of expertise: Fine Art


Paul Harrison and John Wood make video works that elegantly fuse advanced aesthetic research and existential comedy. The artists’ spare, to-the point works combine the actions of their own bodies and a wide range of static and kinetic props to humorously illuminate the triumphs and tribulations of making art and a life. In their not always- successful experiments with movement and materials, which critic Tom Lubbock calls “sculptural pratfalls,” Wood and Harrison employ exuberant invention, subtle slapstick, and a touch of melancholy to reveal the inspiration and perspiration behind all creative acts.

Further information

Extract from ‘Answers to questions’, Toby Kamps, Curator, Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, 2010.

Selected Solo Exhibitions


  • Twenty six drawings and falling things, DCMS, London.
  • No Beginging No Middle No End, Kunstmuseum Thun, Thun, Switzerland.
  • Selected Works, Gallerie Ho, Marseille, France.
  • Answers to Questions, University of California, Santa Barbara.
  • Deadpan - John Wood and Paul Harrison, Pacific design centre, Los Angels.


  • Some Words, Some More Words, Ikon gallery, Birmingham, England.
  • Plan B, Chateau de Rochechouart, Rochechouart, France.
  • No Time, Vera Cortes art Agency, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • There or Thereabouts, Von Bartha Garage, Basel, Switzerland.
  • John Wood and Paul Harrison, Studiotrisorio, Rome, Italy.
  • White Shirt: Empty Cube, Appleton Square, Lisbon, Portugal.


  • Something and Something and Something Else, Lowry, Manchester.
  • Notebook, PICA, Perth, Australia.
  • From One Thing To Another, Picture This, Bristol.
  • Notebook, NRW Forum, Dusseldorf, Germany (web project).

Selected Group Exhibitions


  • Remote Viewing, New Video Art from Europe, Pacific Design Centre, Los Angeles, USA.
  • Rewind, Foundation de lavache qui rit, Lons, France.
  • The Artist in the (Art) Society, Molorenhalle, dresden, Germany.
  • Ecce Homo Lucdens, Museum Contempoary Art, Serigan, France.
  • 2 De Copas, Vera Cortes Art Agency, Lisbon.


  • The Source of Inspiration, Von Bartha Garage, Basel, Switzerland.
  • Nuit Blanche, Metz, France.
  • Composition Rouge, Parc Culturel de Rentilly, Rentilly, France.
  • Space Revised, Kunstlerhaus, Bremen, Germany.
  • The Genius of Things, Barcelona, Spain.


  • El Cuerpo (con)Sentido, Saragossa, Spain.
  • Fresh Out Of The Box, New Art Gallery, Walsall.
  • Long Distance Information, Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
  • All That Cinema, Ludwig Museum, Budapest.
  • Tongue-twister, Vera Cortês Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Dimensionen, Von Bartha Garage, Basel, Switzerland.
  • Weder Entweder Noch Oder, WKV, Stuttgart, Germany.
  • I Am Making Art, Huarte, Navarra, Spain.
  • Video, Un Art, Une Histoire, Musee Fabre, Montpellier, France.
  • Artist’s Publications, Galeriavermelho, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The work is represented in the collections of:

  • Museum of Modern Art, New York.
  • Arts Council Collection.
  • British Council Collection.
  • Centre Pompidou.
  • Government Art Collection.
  • MIMA, Middlesbrough.
  • Tate, London.
  • Walsall Art Gallery.
  • Ludwig Collection, Aachen.
  • Tel Aviv Museum.

Private Collections

  • France,
  • Belgium,
  • Spain,
  • Portugal,
  • North America.