Tim Harrisson was born in Essex in 1952 and lives and works in Hindon, Wiltshire. He studied at Hammersmith College of Art (1969-70), Norwich Art School (1970-73), and Byam Shaw School of Fine Art (1975). He then worked as a woodsman and a welder before teaching art in adult education for Wiltshire and Dorset Council. In 1988 he was Sculptor in Residence at Red House Museum, Christchurch, a residency organised by the Hampshire Sculpture Trust. He has exhibited in both group and solo exhibitions including at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Yorkshire; The New Art Centre, Roche Court, Wiltshire; The Eagle Gallery, London; Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London; Rabley Gallery, Wiltshire and Messums, Wiltshire.

Commissions include BAA Southampton Airport (1995); The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth (1995); Epsom College, Surrey (2000) and Chatsworth House, Derbyshire (2002). In 2013 a selection of his works on paper was acquired by the British Museum, and in 2014 Creswell Heritage Trust in collaboration with the Art Fund and the V&A Museum purchased a series of drawings. He was elected to the Royal West of England Academy in 2013.