A Brush Full of Colour

A Brush Full of Colour

The World of Ted Harrison

Book - 2014
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Ted Harrison's brightly coloured and wildly imaginative paintings set in the Yukon have become synonymous with the North. His instantly-recognizable images of the land of the midnight sun hang in galleries and private collections around the world. But how did a boy who grew up in a drab mining town in northeast England become one of Canada's most beloved and decorated artists?A Brush Full of Colour is the story of a boy whose passion for learning would save him from a life in the coalmines. The books by the American writer Jack London and Canadian poet Robert Service fired his imagination with scenes of the wilderness and the Klondike Gold Rush. He wanted to become an artist and he went on to art school. A stint in the British IntelligenceService gave him the chance to travel. But Ted never stopped dreaming of the North, and when he saw an advertisement for teachers in Northern Alberta, he jumped at the chance.Margriet Ruurs and Katherine Gibson trace the life of Ted Harrison and the influences that would lead to his unique style as an artist. Filled with full-colour examples of his vivid art and with a foreword written by Ted Harrison, A Brush Full of Colour will provide inspiration for a new generation of budding artists.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Pajama Press, 2014.
ISBN: 9781927485637
Characteristics: 39 pages :,colour illustrations ;,25 x 29 cm.


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SPL_Childrens Jun 23, 2016

A review of this book, which was published in the Stratford Gazette in 2016, can be found in the "Summary" section.


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SPL_Childrens Jun 23, 2016

The iconic paintings of Ted Harrison, with their bright, vibrant colours, have long been synonymous with Canada’s Far North.
A Brush Full of Colour is a wonderful tribute to this beloved artist. Born in northeastern England, Harrison attended art school, served in the Second World War, and later taught art in Malaysia and New Zealand.
In 1967 he noticed a newpaper ad for a teacher needed in Canada. He applied, was hired and went off with his wife and son to Wabasca, a Cree area in northern Alberta.
A few years later, the family moved to the Yukon and remained there for over twenty-five years.
Ted Harrison absolutely loved living in Canada’s north (even in the winter!). While there, he applied the bright tropical colours that he had seen in Malaysia and the South Seas to his paintings of the Canadian North. Because his art became so popular, it changed many people’s image of the North from that of a land of drabness to a land filled with bold colour.
Mr. Harrison’s art is familiar to younger readers because he illustrated a number of children’s books, such as A Northern Alphabet and O Canada.
Unfortunately, Ted Harrison died early this year in Victoria, British Columbia.
** Recommended for ages 8 years and up.

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