Carlisle Harris was born in Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies.
He received his art training at Howard University, Washington D.C. and obtained his MFA in painting in 1973.
He was the Vice-Principal of John S. Donaldson Technical Institute in Trinidad and the President of the Trinidad Art Society for many years.
He works primarily in acrylic on canvas, but frequently mixes the media using sand, modelling paste and oil based sprays. Carlisle's work has a definite affinity to spiritual announcements both in their subject matters and in their titles.
My journey as an artist has been both revealing and rewarding. Revealing, in the sense of discovery of ideas, forms, concepts and viewpoints, and rewarding, in that acquired growth and maturity as a result of this garnering and knowledge.
The challenges that I have faced in my confrontation with technical problems and the process of distilling and expressing subject matter have contributed to my continuing development.
In the past, I often got carried away in my attempts at creative articulation of some concept or philosophy and relied heavily on my conscious thoughts and intellect to produce a solution. This reliance often manifested itself in notes, studies and sketches in addition to intense contemplation. Oftentimes, the process became the end itself, and no meaningful work of art resulted.
I have come to appreciate more fully the capacity of the mind, the subconscious level of our being and the brain's ability to store and absorb all of our experiences. A great achievement however, is to acquire a sustained ability to access this information. This ability, coupled with intuition, has been one of my greatest tools and I now recognize a virtual bonanza of subject matter, visual shapes, forms and situations born of past experiences. For now I am riding on that tide.
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