Ted Harrison

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Ted Harrison
Edward Hardy Harrison

(1926-08-28)August 28, 1926
DiedJanuary 16, 2015(2015-01-16) (aged 88)
Alma materWest Hartlepool School of Art
University of Durham
Known forPainting

Edward Hardy "Ted" Harrison, CM (August 28, 1926 – January 16, 2015) was an English-Canadian artist who created many paintings of the Yukon.[1]

Life and work[edit]

Ted Harrison was born in Wingate, County Durham, England, in 1926.[1][2][3]

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 and a B.Ed from the University of Alberta, led to a teaching career that lasted almost three decades.[4][5]

Then, from 1968, he resided in Yukon, Canada, a location with prominence in many of his works.[6] He stayed there until 1993. His work from this period focused on the colours and culture of the Yukon.[7]

He worked, from 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.[4] One of his illustrations is of the Robert Service poem "The Cremation of Sam McGee".[8] He often assigned 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 held honorary doctorates from Athabasca University (1991), the University of Victoria (1998) and the University of Alberta (2005).[4] He was made a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts[9]

Harrison's wife, Nicky, died from Alzheimer's disease in 2000.[1][10] Harrison subsequently helped raise money for Alzheimer foundations.[10] Harrison died in his sleep at the age of 88 on January 16, 2015.[11]

Personal archive[edit]

In 2011, Harrison donated his personal archive to the University of Victoria's Library[12]


  1. ^ a b c Amos, Mike (August 31, 2006). "The Northern Echo: JOHN NORTH – Anything Yukon do". The Northern Echo. Retrieved 2007-03-02.
  2. ^ "Yukon painter Ted Harrison celebrated in biography". CBC News. August 25, 2009.
  3. ^ "Ted Harrison Gallery Serigraphs – biography". Retrieved 2007-03-02.
  4. ^ a b c Boon, Sarah (April 20, 2005). "Ted Harrison to receive honorary degree". University of Alberta. Archived from the original on May 7, 2005. Retrieved March 2, 2007.
  5. ^ Blennerhassett, Patrick (February 10, 2006). "Ted Harrison talks politics and religion". Victoria News. Retrieved 2007-03-02.
  6. ^ Kennedy, Janice (June 13, 1992). "Artist celebrates Canada's birthday". The Record. Retrieved 2007-03-02.
  7. ^ Purdy, Lucy (September 19, 2004). "Unique Colours of Music show presents". The Barrie Advance. Retrieved 2007-03-02.
  8. ^ Adilman, Sid (October 19, 1986). "Sam McGee and a Gambling Grandma". The Toronto Star. Retrieved 2007-03-02.
  9. ^ "Members since 1880". Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Archived from the original on May 26, 2011. Retrieved September 11, 2013.
  10. ^ a b McNeely, Sean (March 18, 2000). "An Alzheimer spouse travels a lonely road – Caring for a stricken partner exacts an enormous toll". The Toronto Star. Retrieved 2007-03-02.
  11. ^ http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/ted-harrison-canadian-painter-dead-at-88-1.2913170
  12. ^ "Decorated artist donates personal items to UVic". http://www.oakbaynews.com/news/130660458.html. Oak Bay News. Retrieved 16 January 2015. External link in |website= (help)

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