I was born in London in 1954 and brought up in Wimbledon.  I went to art school when I was 16 and survived as a painter in London for a few years.  I became interested in Chinese and Russian art, and that inspired me to visit those countries. To achieve that goal, I studied the languages, which led me to a degree and scholarships to study in both countries at a time (1982-4) when few foreigners from the west were able to travel to those distant (then) worlds.

What I saw fascinated me. I fell in love with Russia and to a lesser extent China. I ended up living some 35 years in Russia and 6 in China. To earn money I learnt to do many things from teaching to translating to design.  However I carried on painting all the way through. Although I was never clever enough to paint to sell, I held a number of exhibitions in both countries.  What you see on this site is a selection of paintings and drawings primarily from Russia.

I now live half the year in Scotland and half the year in Russia, and exhibit, paint and sell in both countries.  

If you would like to know any details about any of the paintings and drawings on this site please write to me on:

Thank you for reading this

John Harrison 28.6.23