Richard Harrison was educated at Harrow School, which he describes as "one of England's finest prisons", and then read History at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he completed his degree in 1976. After several years of wandering and drift, he completed a diploma in Furniture design at The London College of Furniture in 1983 and then BA and MA degrees in Painting at Chelsea School of Art in 1987 and 1988 respectively. Richard lives and works in Camberwell, London, UK.