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The Story of Ted Harrison

Artists for Kids Gallery
North Vancouver BC Apr 5-May 8, 2004

Ted Harrison - Emily's Place
Ted Harrison, Emily’s Place (2004), 18-colour serigraph [Artists for Kids Gallery, North Vancouver BC, Apr 5-May 8]

The Artists for Kids Gallery is excited to present more than fifty drawings, prints and paintings by Canadian artist Ted Harrison. Harrison, who is known for his narrative, brightly-coloured paintings, has travelled the world to depict people at work and play. His scenes of daily life are set in England, Malaysia, New Zealand and Vancouver Island as well as the Yukon. His love of the land and people of the Yukon, where he lived from 1967-1993, has brought him international acclaim.

Highlights of this show are a new serigraph, sales of which benefit Artists for Kids Trust, 12 original paintings from Harrison’s best-selling book, Oh Canada, and a huge 7 by 12 foot triptych, entitled Departure of Persephone, lent by the Government of Yukon. More than 1,500 students are expected to attend the exhibit. During the first week, 120 Grade 3 students from North Vancouver have been selected to meet the artist and create illustrations with him.

Harrison’s work can be found in numerous private and public collections throughout Canada and in England, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Japan and the United States. In 1987, he received the Order of Canada for his contribution to Canadian culture and was awarded an honorary doctorate at Athabasca University in Alberta in 1991. Other honours include being the first Canadian to have book illustrations selected for the International Childrens’ Book Exhibition in Bologna, Italy.


Mia Johnson

 Wed, Apr 7, 2004