HARRISON, Edward (Ted) Hardy  OC, SCA  (1926 - 2015).  Born in Wingate, Durham County, England, Harrison studied at West Hartlepool College of Art (1943-45, 1948-50) and at the University of Durham (1951). His work was influenced by Brueghel. After working as a teacher in Malaya/Malaysia and New Zealand, he moved to Canada in 1967 to teach in Wabasca, Alberta and Carcross, Yukon. He studied at the University of Alberta, Edmonton (B.Ed.) before moving to Whitehorse in 1971 to teach at the Yukon Vocational and Technical Training Centre. Working in oil and acrylic, he is known for his stylised Yukon landscapes and communities in bright flat colours outlined in black. His paintings feature buildings and people. He also works in silkscreen. He has written and illustrated several children’s books including Children of the Yukon (1977) and his autobiography The Last Horizon (1980). He moved to Victoria, British Columbia in 1993 where he continues to paint West Coast scenes in his individual style.


Biography courtesy of The Collector's Dictionary of Canadian Artists at Auction: Volume II: G-L

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