Historic Art | Ted Harrison R.C.A.

About the Artist

Ted Harrison was an English-Canadian artist highly regarded for his colourful depictions of the Yukon. Harrison started to paint at the West Hartlepool School of Art in England. Although interrupted by war, Harrison went on to complete his studies, being awarded a National Diploma in Design from the College in 1949. His subsequent earning of a teaching certificate from the University of Durham led to a teaching career that lasted almost three decades.

From 1967, he resided in Yukon, Canada, a location with prominence in many of his works. He stayed there until 1993. His work from this period focused on the colours and culture of the Yukon. He has worked, since the 1970s and thus in his post-academic capacity, not only as an artist but also as an illustrator and author. His work in the field earned him a national first: selection for the International Children’s Book Exhibition in Bologna, Italy. One of his illustration is of the Robert Service poem 'The Cremation of Sam McGee'. He often assigns unfamiliar tone to depicted features.

In 1987 Harrison was made a Member of the Order of Canada for his contributions to Canadian culture. He also holds honorary doctorates from Athabasca University (1991), the University of Victoria (1998) and the University of Alberta (2005). Harrison died in his sleep at the age of 88 on January 16, 2015 in Victoria, British Columbia

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