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Sacred Places: The Art Portfolio of Jon Harris

A painting of a crystalline architectural structureThe Emerald Palace of Dreams, acrylic on canvas

Jon Harris is a San Francisco-based painter who specializes in geometric landscapes, depicting dreamlike, spiritually-infused spaces. Through the use of clean, straight lines, impeccable perspective and a bright colour palette, the artist imagines sacred places.

An acrylic painting of a pink crystal in a lotus shapeCrystal Lotus, acrylic on canvas

I adore the sense of three-dimensional space that Jon creates in each of his works. Even seeing these works as images on a computer screen, I get the sense that I could almost reach into the picture plane and inhabit the space that Jon has created. The artist imbues each of his works with a specific, symbolic visual language, using forms like The Pyramid, The Altar, and The Crystal Lotus to denote distinct spiritual and introspective aspects.

A screen capture of Jon Harris' art portfolio


In addition to his personal practice, Jon has produced painted installations for a variety of spaces including an apartment building and a Kansas civic building. It’s fascinating to see how the artist’s paintings function in an existing three-dimensional space, and how Jon works to create a sense of play and cohesion between the geometry of his paintings and that of a room.

An installation view of several of Jon Harris' paintings in a cornerSan Francisco Interior

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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