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Edward Hardy "Ted" Harrison, CM (1926–) is a Canadian artist notable for his paintings of the Yukon.[1] Harrison was born in 1926 in Wingate, County Durham, England[2] and currently lives in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.[1]

Harrison first cut his teeth as a painter during his stint at the West Hartlepool School of Art in England. Although interrupted by war, Harrison went on to successfully 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 paved the way for a teaching career that was to last almost three decades.[3][4]

He was then, from 1967, to reside in Yukon, Canada - a location with particular prominence in many of his works.[5] He stayed there until 1993. His work from this period is well known for capturing the colours and culture of the Yukon.[6] One of his best loved creations is his illustration of the Robert Service poem 'The Cremation of Sam McGee'.[7]

He is recognised for a vibrant, whimsical and even illogical use of colour, often assigning unfamiliar tone to depicted features. 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.[3]

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).[3]

Harrison's wife, Nicky, has Alzheimer's disease.[1][8] Harrison has helped raise money for Alzheimer foundations.[8] Katherine Gibson M. Ed., bestselling author and dynamic public speaker, has written "Ted Harrison: Painting Paradise," the first-ever biography on Ted Harrison. The book includes excerpts from personal correspondence while he served with the British military, traces his life in detail through his time in the Yukon and also has full-colour images of his work from 1942 to the present. The publisher is Crown Publications [[1]] in Victoria, BC, Canada.


  1. ^ a b c Amos, Mike (2006-08-31). "The Northern Echo: JOHN NORTH - Anything Yukon do". The Northern Echo. Retrieved 2007-03-02.  
  2. ^ "Ted Harrison Gallery Serigraphs - biography". Retrieved 2007-03-02.  
  3. ^ a b c Boon, Sarah (2005-04-20). "Ted Harrison to receive honorary degree". University of Alberta. Retrieved 2007-03-02.  
  4. ^ Blennerhassett, Patrick (2006-02-10). "Ted Harrison talks politics and religion". Victoria News. Retrieved 2007-03-02.  
  5. ^ Kennedy, Janice (1992-06-13). "Artist celebrates Canada's birthday". The Record. Retrieved 2007-03-02.  
  6. ^ Purdy, Lucy (2004-09-19). "Unique Colours of Music show presents". The Barrie Advance. Retrieved 2007-03-02.  
  7. ^ Adilman, Sid (1986-10-19). "Sam McGee and a Gambling Grandma". The Toronto Star. Retrieved 2007-03-02.  
  8. ^ a b McNeely, Sean (2000-03-18). "An Alzheimer spouse travels a lonely road - Caring for a stricken partner exacts an enormous toll". The Toronto Star. Retrieved 2007-03-02.  

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