Spotlight: Harry Brioche


‘the worst thing anyone told me? it can't be repeated!’

Artist Harry Brioche on appreciating what you have, dressing up as Incredoman, and getting arrested by his friend's Dad 

Harry Brioche: ‘So what if I can't spell Armageddon? It's not the end of the world...’

Born in the Seychelles in 1965, artist Harry Brioche is best known for the bold skies and incredible horizons of his landscape paintings.

What does happiness look like?
Being healthy and spending precious time with my family.

Do you have any bad habits?
I would say not, although I'm sure my wife could find plenty! 

What was your most embarrassing moment?
The last time I felt embarrassed I must have been a teenager.

What is your favourite smell?
Ripe tomatoes on the vine. Or Maurer & Wirtz's 4711.

Can you remember a favourite holiday?
My wife's 30th birthday in St. Anton. Great memories made. 

What time did you wake up today?
7:30am with all the family.

What was the last thing you ate?
Grapes and almonds; my favourite snack when I'm painting. 

And drank?
Hot water.

What are you currently listening to, or reading?
I'm in the studio listening to Holiday in Spain by one of my favourite bands, Counting Crows. 

Artist Harry Brioche dedicating one of his paintings to a collector.

What did you want to be when you grew up?
An Athlete. My youth was dedicated to training and competing.

What is the worst thing anyone's said to you? 
It can't be repeated!

What is the worst job you ever had?
I've worked as a sign writer, a graphic designer, an illustrator, a photographer, and as a professional artist. I'm very lucky to have had careers I've loved.

And the weirdest?
Job? None. But the weirdest things would include; skiing dressed as a Teletubby, and climbing the outside fo the Eiffel Tower dressed at Incredoman. I also arrived at a park in Harrogate, in a 1970s American police car, to play football dressed as a monk. With five other monks. And a nun. 

Who or what is the greatest love of your life?
My wife Catherine and our sons Harry and Dash. They bring light and laughter to my life every day. 

If you could talk to anyone, past, present or future, who would it be?
God. I'd ask what on earth they think they're doing.

Tell me a joke?
So what if I can't spell Armageddon? It's not the end of the world... 

Have you ever been arrested?
Yes! As a 13 year old; I fell out with a friend who's Dad happened to be Chief of Police. 

Have you lied since this interview began?
Not yet.

What has life taught you?
To appreciate what you have.

Harry visiting his favourite art dealer.


Alexander Miles and Harry Brioche have worked together for over 15 years, exhibiting Harry's original landscape paintings, organising bespoke commissions and (Alex) having too much to drink at that RBA dinner one year. Oops.