Ted Harrison: Painting Paradise

Edward Hardy (Ted) Harrison, Sketching in Paradise
Sketching in Paradise, Ted Harrison 

August 19, 2009 – November 29, 2009 January 3, 2010

Legacy Art Gallery Downtown

Curated by Katherine Gibson

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Ted Harrison – Catalogue

The University of Victoria’s Legacy Art Gallery and Café presents Ted Harrison: Painting Paradise, a career retrospective of one of Canada’s most popular and beloved visual artists, from Aug. 19 to Nov. 29, 2009. The show includes dozens of works spanning five decades, including recently discovered paintings from Harrison’s 1994 Commonwealth Games series.

“This exhibit demonstrates why Ted Harrison’s work has been both critically acclaimed and popular,” says Martin Segger, director of UVic’s Maltwood Art Museum and Gallery. “It is a compelling summary of an extraordinary artistic career.”

The exhibit is curated by Katherine Gibson, the author of Ted Harrison: Painting Paradise, a biography of the artist. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the Legacy Art Gallery and Café during an official book signing on Saturday, September 12 between 1 and 3 p.m.

Harrison came to Canada in 1967 and soon settled in the Yukon. The area’s vast, awe-inspiring beauty became the inspiration and subject of his paintings, which combine vibrant, idiosyncratic colour with a sense of form that is both sophisticated and beguilingly childlike.