February 2, 2015

Yukon artist Ted Harrison

A Brush Full of Colour: The World of Ted Harrison
by Margriet Ruurs & Katherine Gibson

Ted Harrison, who passed away recently (January 16, 2015), painted vibrantly colourful pictures of Canada's North that are instantly recognizable. His art is brilliantly reproduced in A Brush Full of Colour, which tells how a young man born in an English coal-mining town went on to become one of Canada's most acclaimed painters. Taught to create in the strict European-style, with severe lines and dark hues, Harrison found that it couldn't possibly capture the colours and movement of the Yukon landscape. His pink and purple skies, flowing outlines and bright yellow houses show children what painting should be like. In Ted's words: Painting is the last great freedom. You can paint what you like.

Beautiful and inspiring.

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