John Wood and Paul Harrison                                    


John Wood and Paul Harrison make single-channel videos, multi-screen video installations, prints, drawings, and sculptures that elegantly fuse aesthetic research with existential comedy. The artists’ spare, to-the-point works illustrate the triumphs and tribulations of making art and having a life. Wood and Harrison employ exuberant invention, subtle slapstick, and a touch of light-hearted melancholy to reveal the inspiration and perspiration — as well as the occasional hint of desperation — behind all creative acts.


John Wood (b.1969, Hong Kong) and Paul Harrison (b.1966, Wolverhampton) met in 1989 at the Bath College of Higher Education, and have worked together since 1993.


Selected Solo Shows

CAMH, Houston, USA,

Mori Museum, Tokyo, Japan

Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK

Frist Centre, Nashville, USA

Kunstmuseum Thun, Switzerland

Chateau de Rochechouart, France

Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary

Kunstverein Arnsberg, Germany

ICC, Tokyo, Japan

Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

Museo de Antioquia, Medellin, Columbia


Selected Group shows


‘Art Now’, Lightbox, Tate Britain, London

‘Slapstick’ Kunstmuseum, Wolfsburg, Germany

‘Private Utopia’ British Council Touring, Japan

‘Super 8’, Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

‘Open Space’, ICC, Tokyo, Japan

‘Mardin Bienali, Mardin, Turkey

‘Made in Britain’, British Council Touring, China

‘Richard of York Gave Battle in Vain’, Whitechapel Gallery, London, England

‘You’ll never know’, Hayward Gallery Touring, UK

‘New British Video’, MoMA, New York, USA

‘Mere Constructions’ Kanal Centre Pompidou, Brussels

‘On struggling to remain present when you want to disappear’, OCAT Museum, Shanghai, China

‘Body Media II’ Power station of art, Shanghai, China

‘Do not disturb’ Palais de Tokyo, Paris



Selected screenings


MoMA, Queens, New York

MOCA, Los Angeles

Tate Modern, London

Centre Pompidou, Paris

Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden

De Appel, Amsterdam, Netherlands

National Theatre, London


Selected Collections


Museum of Modern Art, New York

Tate, London

Arts Council Collection

British Council Collection

Centre Pompidou Collection

FNAC, France

Government Art Collection

Kadist Foundation, Paris

Ludwig Collection, Aachen