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In Memoriam Ted Harrison 1926-2015

Ted Harrison was one of Canada’s best known artists.  Just like Kenoujouak Ashevak, though, his images are probably better known than his name.

Along with printmaker Michael De Courcy, he created over 80 limited edition serigraphs (silkscreen prints) that depicted northern and western Canada.

He is probably best known for his children’s books.  In his tribute to Ted Harrison, Robert Amos quotes Ted’s business manager, “Ted doesn’t need any promotion.  Every school child in this country knows him.”

His artworks worked well as illustrations for children’s books.  His stylized landscapes suited the storybook genre.  As well as books of his own, he colourfully illustrated the two Robert Service poems, The Shooting of Dan McGrew and The Cremation of Sam McGee, which was named a Best Book by the New York Times.


Winchester Galleries has a magnificent Harrison painting, Realms of Gold, currently on display…..and for sale.  (It was still available the last time I checked!)

Realms of Gold by Ted Harrison

In 2009 at Painter’s Lodge in Campbell River, B.C. Ted Harrison said, “So my artistic life is just painting what the devil I like, and I usually start by drawing the lines–and they’re usually curved, which I got, I think, from the Maori.  All their designs are curved lines.  So I drew curvilinear lines and put colour in them.
So you could say my artistic life is just a waffle and a wiggle, but it’s all imaginary.”

Tristram Landsdowne at Winchester Galleries


Winchester Galleries Oak Bay   Winchester Galleries  in Victoria, B.C. has great openings–live music, good food and (sometimes!) wine.  It’s always fun to wander through…where else can you hear live harp music on a Saturday afternoon?

This month’s show is headlined by Tad Suzuki, and Ronald Markham, but it was Tristram Landsdowne’s  work that caught my eye, and held my attention.  The watercolours and the etchings are beautifully rendered.  It’s obvious he’s inherited some of  Fenwick Landsdowne’s talents.  His subject matter, however,  differs greatly from his father’s avian and wildlife images.  Tristram creates architectural constructs that seem to hover or float.  In his compositions, a mostly representational structure is placed in an unlikely and/or impossible setting.

The work is gorgeous, and intriguing.  It’s no surprise he was a finalist in the RBC Painting Competition in 2011.  It’s great to hear he had work purchased by the National Gallery of Canada.