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BRUSHES WITH GENIUS: St Albans resident captures creative journey with release of new book

 Published on: 11th June 2021   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

A 90-year-old St Albans artist has celebrated his creative art journey in print with the release of his book.

Anthony Harris, who has lived in St Albans since the 1960s has released his book Brushes with Genius: Anecdotes on Art & Artists which tells the story of his artistic journey over the past 70 years.

The book which was released ahead of his 90th birthday recalls his meetings with notable artists or ‘brushes with genius’, as well as research into art history which he carried out in his academic role.

His daughter Margot Walker said she is incredibly proud of her father and the release of his book which has been in the making for a while.

She said: “The book is something he has been meaning to do for years, it’s a bit of a personal journey. It tells the story of how he and my mother met at art school in Reading.

“It’s called brushes with genius from where he remembers meeting the artists mentioned. It’s wonderful to him that he has got it down on paper for others to enjoy.

“His creativity has kept him engaged with art.”

Anthony also spoke to StAlbansNews about the release of his book and his journey to where he is today.

Still working on paintings at the age of 90, Anthony said he is proud of the impact he has had on the St Albans art scene.

He said: “I was part of the move of the Hertfordshire College of Art & Design to the building on Hatfield Road, which I am quite proud.

“The most important thing that happened with school is the introduction of the postgrad course in art therapy.”

The book is available to buy here.

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