Artwork by Ted Harrison,  Bennett Walk

Ted Harrison
Bennett Walk

acrylic on canvas board
signed lower right; signed, titled and dated 1982 on the reverse
36 x 24 ins ( 91.4 x 61 cms )

Sold for $29,900.00
Sale date: May 31st 2016

Private Collection, Ottawa
Robert Budd, Introduction to “Ted Harrison Collected”, Madeira Park, British Columbia, 2015, pages 5-7
A trained and award-winning artist, Ted Harrison earned a teaching certificate in 1950, working in various locales, including New Zealand and Malaysia. Accepting a teaching position in northern Alberta in 1967, the British-born Harrison had long dreamed of experiencing Canada's north. During his time in the town of Wabasca, Harrison would play a pivotal role in developing a new Alberta teaching curriculum, through his recognition of a tailored teaching programme being vital to connect with the values and life experience of the Cree and Metis students. The programme would later become the basis for the bestseller “A Northern Alphabet”.

Harrison later moved his family north to Caribou Crossing, Yukon, accepting a teaching job in the community. Before accepting the position, the painter “had just one criterion to satisfy before deciding to go: 'Does it have mountains?'”. He fell in love with the people and the community, exclaiming “it was a simple place to live. It was quiet, peaceful...just right.” “What sent his imagination soaring were the vibrant colours and rich landscapes. Yet Ted found it daunting and even impossible to capture the epic landscapes of the Yukon using the traditional styles he had relied upon in other places in the world.” The artist would create a new language to portray his surroundings, illustrating the vibrancy and rhythm he experienced through flowing, energetic lines and a full spectrum of lively colours, providing scenes brimming with life, activity and spirituality.

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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.