Ted Harrison

Canadian [1926-2015]

Order of Canada, Royal Canadian Academy of Arts

One of Canada’s most beloved painters, Edward Hardy (Ted) Harrrison was born in the village of Wingate In County Durham, England. His talent was evident early in life, and he was encouraged by his parents (particularly his mother) and teachers to attend art school. In 1943, Harrison enrolled in Hartlepool College of Art, but his studies were interrupted by WWII, during which time he served in India, Egypt and East Africa as part of the Intelligence Unit of the British Army. Following his military service, Harrison completed his Diploma in Design (1950) and a subsequent Art Teacher Diploma at King’s College, University of Durham (1951). Harrison soon began what would be a 28 year career in teaching. Along with his wife and son, he travelled to Malaysia and New Zealand before arriving in Canada in 1967. He initially taught in the Northern Alberta town of Wabasca, before settling in the small town of Carcross, Yukon Territories in 1968.

In 1969, Ted Harrison held his first Canadian exhibition in the Whitehorse Library. His first major Canadian exhibition followed in 1970, at Robertson Galleries, in Ottawa. Harrison completed a BA at the University of Alberta in 1977, and retired from teaching in 1980 in order to pursue his art career full-time, moving to Victoria British Columbia in 1993.

Ted Harrison is known for his bold, colourful, and rhythmic paintings, depicting the landscape and everyday scenes of the Yukon. He has gained international recognition for his paintings, which can be found in many public and private collections, as well as for his children’s stories and illustrations. Ted Harrison received many honours during his career: He designed the visuals for the entrance to the Yukon Pavilion at Expo 86; designed a Canada Post Christmas stamp in 1996; received the Order of Canada in 1987 and the Order of British Columbia in 2008; was awarded an honourary doctorate from the University of Athabasca and from Malaspina College, a distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Alberta and an honorary doctorate in Fine Arts from the University of Victoria. The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria held a retrospective of the the artist’s work in 1996 and again in 2009: “Ted Harrison: Painting Paradise”.

Ted Harrison

A Few Notable Results from Hodgins Art Auctions

Ted Harrison

THE GOLDEN YUKON; 1989
acrylic on canvas
72 x 96 in.

Sold for $ 105,300 – November 2022
A Record Price at Auction

Ted Harrison

THE LAND OF PURE DELIGHT; 1999
acrylic on canvas
36 x 48 in.

Sold for $ 99,450 – May 2022

Ted Harrison

THE WHITE DOG; 1981
acrylic on masonite
36 x 48 in.

Sold for $ 93,600 – May 2021

Ted Harrison

LOOK AT THAT DAD!; 1981
acrylic on board
36 x 24 in.

Sold for $ 64,350 – November 2021

Ted Harrison

GLORIOUS SEA; 1988
acrylic on canvas
36 x 24 in.

Sold for $ 52,650 – February 2022

Ted Harrison

A DAY IN THE VILLAGE; 1995
acrylic on canvas
36 x 48 in.

Sold for $ 46,800 – September 2022

We are always seeking works by Ted Harrison to be included in future auctions.

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More Extensive Results from our Previous Auctions

960.00
Price Realized: $

Artist: Ted Harrison

Date: 1987

Medium: 1987

Dimensions: 8.25 x 11.5 in. (21 x 29.2 cm)

Notes:

signed, titled, dated & editioned in pencil; with artist’s certificate verso

300.00
Estimate:
500.00
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LOT: 226

Auction: 2023 December | Hodgins Art Auctions

409.50
Price Realized: $

Artist: Ted Harrison

Title: STORM LOVERS

Date: 1992

Medium: 1992

Dimensions: 14.5 x 10.5 in. (36.8 x 26.7 cm)

Notes:

signed, titled, dated & editioned in pencil
(unframed; shrink-wrapped)

400.00
Estimate:
600.00
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LOT: 57

Auction: 2023 September | Hodgins Art Auctions

38,025.00
Price Realized: $

Artist: Ted Harrison

Title: THE TEACHERAGE

Date: 1968

Medium: 1968

Dimensions: 30 x 15 in. (76.2 x 38.1 cm)

Notes:

signed & dated lower right; titled on tape verso
Provenance: Former collection of Jim Lotz, noted author (British/Canadian 1929-2015). Mr. Lotz acquired this painting directly from Ted Harrison in 1969, while travelling in the North to research his book “Northern Realities”. The painting remained in his collection for decades, passing by descent to family.

8,000.00
Estimate:
10,000.00
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LOT: 38

Auction: 2023 September | Hodgins Art Auctions

29,250.00
Price Realized: $

Artist: Ted Harrison

Title: NIGHT RUN TO DAWSON CITY

Date: 1987

Medium: acrylic on canvas

Dimensions: 24 x 36 in. (61 x 91.4 cm)

Notes:

signed lower right; signed, titled & dated verso

15,000.00
Estimate:
25,000.00
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LOT: 38

Auction: 2023 June | Hodgins Art Auctions

994.50
Price Realized: $

Artist: Ted Harrison

Title: SALMON RUN

Date: 1991

Medium: colour serigraph on paper; ed. #21/200

Dimensions: 10.5 x 17.5 in. (26.7 x 44.5 cm)

Notes:

signed, titled, dated & editioned in pencil; with signed certificate verso

500.00
Estimate:
700.00
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LOT: 135

Auction: 2023 June | Hodgins Art Auctions

1,287.00
Price Realized: $

Artist: Ted Harrison

Title: FAMILY

Date: 1980

Medium: colour serigraph on paper; ed. #162/175

Dimensions: 10.5 x 8.5 in. (26.7 x 21.6 cm)

Notes:

signed, titled, dated & editioned in pencil

300.00
Estimate:
500.00
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LOT: 136

Auction: 2023 June | Hodgins Art Auctions

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