Artwork by Ted Harrison,  The Village Road

Ted Harrison
The Village Road

acrylic on canvas
signed lower right; signed, titled and dated 1982 on the reverse
48 x 36 ins ( 121.9 x 91.4 cms )

Sold for $29,900.00
Sale date: November 28th 2014

Provenance:
Private Collection, Ontario
Literature:
Stan McNeill, “The Yukon Territory is Painter's Shangri-La”, “The Hamilton Spectator”, October 18, 1980, page 88
Ted Harrison recalled that it was an advertisement in a United Kingdom newspaper which first brought the artist to Canada's north, filling a teaching position on the Alberta Indian reservation of Wabasca. Disappointed by the relative flatness of the surrounding landscape, Harrison jumped at the chance to fill another position in Carcross, a village south of Whitehorse. The painter immediately accepted the position upon confirmation that Carcross was surrounded by mountains, leaving questions regarding his salary as secondary. The Yukon landscape inspired and challenged Harrison: “Never before had I attempted to paint a landscape so gigantic in scale, whose colors dictated to me not only what I should paint but also on what terms I should paint them.” The artist laid aside the formal artistic training he had received as an academic painter in the old tradition and concentrated on “simplifying his work and creating a personal style.”

A symphony of energy and vivid colour, “The Village Road” treats the viewer to the awe of Harrison's experiences within the land which changed not only his artistic vision and process, but also his life.

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Ted Harrison
(1926 - 2015) Order of Canada

Edward Hardy Harrison was born August 28th, 1926 in the village of Wingate in County Durham, England. Ted attributed his early interest in art and design to the encouragement from his parents, particularly his mother who had an interest in fashion design and photography. In 1943, he enrolled in the West Hartlepool College of Art and began to study art and design, but like other young men at the time, his education was interrupted by National Service. After the war, he returned to art school and, in 1950, received a Diploma of Design. The following year he received a teaching certificate from the University of Durham and began a twenty-eight year career in Education. He taught school in England, Malaysia, New Zealand and finally went to the Yukon in 1967 where he received a teaching position. He settled in Carcross and in 1970 moved to Whitehorse where he taught art to secondary school students and adults until 1979. After that time, he began to work as an artist full time. In 1993, he moved to Victoria, British Columbia, where he lived the remainder of his life.