Artwork by Ted Harrison,  Bright Day

Ted Harrison
Bright Day

acrylic on canvas
signed lower right; signed, titled and dated 1992 on the reverse
36 x 24 ins ( 91.4 x 61 cms )

Sold for $16,520.00
Sale date: May 29th 2018

Private Collection, Quebec
Robert Budd, Ted Harrison Collected, introduction, Madeira Park, British Columbia, 2015, pages 5-7 and 10
A celebrated artist and educator, Ted Harrison earned a teaching certificate in 1950, his work taking him to various locales globally, including New Zealand and Malaysia, before accepting a teaching position in northern Alberta in 1967. The British-born artist had long dreamed of experiencing Canada's north and Harrison would later move his family farther north, accepting a teaching job in the community of Carcross, Yukon. He fell in love with the people and the setting, 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, electric lines and a full spectrum of lively colours, providing scenes brimming with life, activity and spirituality.

Commonly encountered in the Arctic and very much at home within Ted Harrison’s energetic compositions, a raven greets the colourful caravan of wanderers within “Bright Day”. Harrison shared that “ravens are very meaningful to the Yukon. They are a friendly bird to me. They like people. They represent the Yukon.” Indeed, the raven here views the small parade with curiosity, its calm stance equal to the casual stroll of the family enjoying a peaceful excursion.

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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.