George Harris Biography

George Harris




George Albert Harris (1913-1991) painter, muralist, and lithographer, was born in San Francisco on January 24, 1913. His first artistic passion was music, which he studied until switching to art in 1929. He then studied for three years at the California School of Fine Arts. In 1934, Harris was accepted into the WPA Federal Art Project and was among the youngest artists on the mural project at Coit Tower. He later painted a mural in the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce building.


Harris taught at San Francisco State College in 1935 and later at the San Francisco Museum of (Modern) Art, Stanford University, and California College of Arts and Crafts. In the 1950s, Harris obtained a Ph.D. from Stanford University and he went on to teach at Notre Dame College in Belmont, California. He moved to Massachusetts in 1968 and taught for two years at Emanuel College in Boston before moving to Sussex, England where he continued to teach for another seven years.


He was a member of the San Francisco Art Association and the American Artists Congress. His works are represented in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Library of Congress, and the Carnegie Institute.


In 1980, Harris moved to southern France where he painted until his death on September 25, 1991.