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  • 2020 Ducks Unlimited National Portfolio

    Location: Bracebridge, ON

    DUCKS UNLIMITED CANADA – NATIONAL ART PORTFOLIO CALL FOR ENTRIES – DEADLINE JULY 31,..
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  • The Second Latin American Contemporary Fine Art Competition

    Location: New York, NY

    The Second Latin American Contemporary Fine Art Competition - May 21st to June..
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  • Lines, Shapes & Objects Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the Lines, Shapes & Objects art competition. For this..
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  • HEDI KYLE: THE ART OF THE FOLD

    Location: Halifax, NS

    The NSCAD School of Extended Studies & Letterpress Gang are hosting a..
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  • Toronto Outdoor Art Fair - Call for Artists

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Attend the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair Attend the 58th Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, Canada’s..
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  • Surfaces Exploration and Experience Karen Colville Artist

    Location: New West Minster, BC

    In the Plaskett Gallery @ Massey Theatre Surfaces…Exploration & Experience Artist Karen Colville June 25th..
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  • Race, Ethnicity and belonging

    Location: CALGARY, AB

    The Alberta Society of Artists invites all artists (over 18) residing in Alberta..
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  • Art District Gallery Membership

    Location: Kitchener, ON

    Art District Gallery May Membership Drive - Drop in Open House -Tuesday May..
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  • I-Park 2019 Autumn Artists-in-Residence Program

    Location: East Haddam, CT

    Application Deadline: Monday, May 20, 2019 I-Park, located in rural East Haddam, CT (U.S.),..
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  • Art in the Garden 2019

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    Taking place at various gardens on Vancouver's North Shore, this will be the..
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  • North Van Arts Deadline Extended! (50th Anniversary Exhibition)

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    North Van Arts has extended our deadline to Sunday May 26 at Midnight..
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  • Manitoba Neuroscience Network Donation Request

    Location: Winnipeg, MB

    Seeking art pieces for the silent art auction that will take place as..
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  • “White” International Call - Art & Literature Journal - Deadline June 30, 2019

    Location: Toronto, ON

    | Theme: White cats, white milk, white snow. Reflecting most wavelengths of visible..
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  • Call for Art | 4th Annual Cityscapes Art Competition

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Fusion Art invites submissions for the 4th Annual Cityscapes art competition. For this competition,..
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  • Myseum Intersections 2020: Call for Submissions

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Myseum of Toronto is launching a call for submissions for our fifth annual..
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  • Call For Artists - Art Sale Fundraiser

    Location: Toronto, ON

    ART SALE FUNDRAISER BENEFITING CRISTINA’S TORTINA SHOP HOSTED BY PROGRESSIVE TRAINING COLLEGE OF BUSINESS..
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  • H.A.P. Art Contest by ALPHA Education

    Location: Scarborough, ON

    ALPHA Education is hosting its annual History + Art = Peace Art Contest!..
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  • On the Same Page: Transforming Paper

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    On The Same Page: Transforming Paper showcases artists working with paper as an..
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  • ANIMA MUNDI | VENICE MAY-NOV 2019

    Location: Venice,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS: ANIMA MUNDI | VENICE MAY-NOV 2019 ITSLIQUID International Art Festival ITSLIQUID GROUP,..
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  • 9th Annual

    Location: Palm Springs, CA

    Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for the..
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  • Past (Tense) by David Scott Exhibition

    Location: Calgary, AB

    HUB @ 302 Crossroads Art Centre The Alberta Society of Artists #302 – 1235-26th Avenue SE Calgary,..
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  • Call for Artist/Writer in Residence

    Location: Harrison Hot Springs, BC

    The Kent Harrison Arts Council Artist in Residence Program Visual Artist / Writer in..
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  • Sue J Amon Art Exhibit

    Location: Yarmouth, NS

    There will be an art exhibit of the works of Sue J Amon..
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  • Acrylic Painting Workshop with Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki

    Location: Nakusp, BC

    In this 2-day workshop, we will learn from the award-winning acrylic painter Tatjana..
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  • Artists’ Network Gallery Streetcar Art Exhibition

    Location: Toronto, ON

    Submissions: March 8 – May 31, 2019 Exhibition: June 11 – 27, 2019 We are..
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  • Friends of Bon Echo Art and Sale exhibition

    Location: Cloyne , ON

    Call to Artists With its striking views and varied moods, Mazinaw Lake has drawn..
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  • Acrylic Painting Workshop with Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki In this 2-day workshop, we will learn how to quickly develop rich..
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  • Jun 8 – Intro to Stained Glass Workshop

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    In this workshop attendees will learn how to make a simple sun catcher..
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  • Jun 6 – 27 – Introduction to Acrylics

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    This course is intended for anyone who would like to try acrylic paints..
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  • May 29 – Jun 19 – Core Drawing Skills

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    Master the fundamentals of drawing in this introductory course, which will build your..
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  • May 25 & 26 – Cedar Bark Hat Workshop

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    Join master weaver Jessica Silvey and learn the fundamental techniques of the checker..
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  • May 1 – 22 – Drawing Fundamentals & Community

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    In this introductory level drawing course, students will be introduced to a variety..
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  • Spring Film Series at North Van Arts Announced!

    Location: North Vancouver, BC

    The North Van Arts International Film Series is presented by North Van Arts..
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  • International Open Call to all Artists: Painting on the Edge

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    International Open Call to all Artists: Painting on the Edge Painting on the..
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  • The Wilds of Venice: Study Contemporary Art + Creative Entrepreneurship at the European Cultural Academy with the Jealous Curator and The Wild Residen

    Location: Venice,

    Education Opportunity for Artists: the 'Wilds of Venice' Certificate Course in 'Creative Entrepreneurship +..
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  • Summer Solstice Art Festival

    Location: Brainerd, MN

    We are having a Summer Solstice Art Festival June 23rd 10-4. We..
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  • Architectonic

    Location: St. Charles, MO

    The Foundry Art Centre is a Community Art Center with Fine Art galleries..
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  • Mid Main Art Fair

    Location: Vancouver, BC

    The 9th annual MID MAIN ART FAIR will be held on Sunday, June..
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  • Game Studio needs Art Illustrators

    Location: Bridgewater, NS

    We are a fully funded video game studio in Nova Scotia that is..
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  • Anima Mundi

    Location: Venice, Italy,

    CALL FOR ARTISTS: ANIMA MUNDI | VENICE MAY-NOV 2019 ITSLIQUID International Art Festival Deadline: April..
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  • Call to Artists - $40,000 in Awards - The Salt Spring National Art Prize

    Location: Salt Spring Island, BC

    The Salt Spring National Art Prize offering $40,000 in awards, one of Canada’s..
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Through the Eyes of Ted Harrison

By Robert Amos March 10, 2003

} Through the Eyes of Ted Harrison an exhibition of new paintings at the Caswell-Lawrence Gallery 1014 Broad Street, Victoria(250-388-9500) until March 16, 2003 Ted Harrison - How does he do it? Ted Harrison's paintings are instantly recognizable: undulating waves, clouds and hills in hot colours of orange and mauve and ultramarine. Inscribed across the fields of colour are little people, frisky dogs and the odd raven. Many include simple drawings of buildings full of character. A flood of paintings, prints, posters, plates, coffee cups, book illustrations - and a million copies by diligent school children from coast to coast - all bear versions of this motif. It seems so simple. A child could do it. But the children's paintings do not sell for thousands of dollars, as Harrison¹s regularly do. What makes his work so appealing? Is it his attractive character? Harrison is a charming fellow, a beguiling chap from the north of England with a twinkle and a chuckle. His anecdotes command attention and bring on gales of mirth from any audience. Fame descended on him unexpectedly in the late 1960's while he was living in the Yukon. He's been a celebrity (of a genial neighborhood sort) ever since, making his home in Victoria for the past ten years. Is it his personality that makes his paintings so popular? Or is it something else? Perhaps the recognizable subject matter he chooses brings the buyers. Anyone with a connection to the Yukon (which he pronounces YEW-kn) must have a Harrison picture. Moreover, he's painted a lot of Canada in his trademark style, and the current show presents images of Victoria¹s Carr House, a Ukrainian church and Mountain Lodge. Yet these renderings are only schematic, recognizable with the simplest symbolic attributes. Harrison is a deceptively effective draughtsman, yet it's not his draughtsmanship that appeals. In the current show, many of the paintings have no iconic building. Simple notations - a schematic whale, a fishboat or an Inuit woman - may give scale to the fantastic landscape he evokes. But it's fairly easy to draw an iceberg. And when it's coloured an uncompromising pink, you know it's not truth to nature that gives his work their appeal. Sometimes Harrison varies his brushwork, depicting a stormy sky with mottled washes. But mostly he lays on the acrylic paint in flat planes. In the beginning he used to outline the elements in black and then fill them in. Now he occasionally outlines shapes with eye-popping complementary colours. More often, he doesn't outline them at all. It may come as a surprise to find that many of Harrison's new paintings have scarcely any subject matter at all. A sun - be it orange or red or purple or blue - shines over those undulating bands of colour. This may signify a landscape in the most basic terms - and that's all. These are effectively abstract paintings, colour field abstractions which depend for their effect on the two basic rules of colour interactivity - gradation of tone and the simultaneous contrast of complementary colours. Working with an extremely limited palette, Harrison sets one colour against another. His hues are intense, and he rarely uses green or brown or grey. Somehow, the resulting juxtapositions of colour glow and sing and vibrate. Believe me, it's not as easy as it looks. And to continue working the same motif, with apparently endless variations, is remarkable. Close study will reveal that Harrison is not just doing the same folksy thing over and over again. When I looked through Harrison's illustrations for The Shooting of Dan McGrew (Tundra Books), it became clear to me - the artist's interest in narrative is slight, his painterliness is modest, his compositions are interesting. It is the colour schemes which are dazzling. Who would have imagined that this charming raconteur, friend of every school child, is actually a potently effective colour field abstract painter? You might make the comparison with the uncompromising hard-edge target painting by Claude Tousignant (which can be viewed two doors down at Winchester Gallery on Broad Street). Each artist achieves a visceral intensity which is warming and energizing. If you, like me, enjoy discerning an artist's influences, you'll enjoy the parallel show at Carr House (207 Government Street, 383-5843), also titled Through the Eyes of Ted Harrison (until March 15). Carr House presents a collection of paintings taken directly from the walls of Ted Harrison's home. He has loaned about twenty pieces which are a constant inspiration to him. Illingworth Kerr is a prairie successor to A. Y. Jackson. In Kerr's painting of the Chinook Arch, you'll notice those rising and falling hills that are such a part of the foreground of Jackson¹s and Harrison's paintings. Boldly abstract artworks by Alex Janvier and Wayne Ngan take pride of place. Of the Ngan oil, Harrison says 'it's a masterpiece of abstraction, wonderful colours.' In contrast is the high realism of a cowpoke's horse painted by Geoffrey Rock. Also included are paintings by Molly Bobak and Toni Onley. Particularly interesting are three sketches from Harrison's early years. Two from Kuching, Sarawak in Malaysia are dated 1958 and an undated watercolour of the Isle of Skye. While evidence of talent, these give little indication of the Harrison style which suddenly developed years later in the Yukon. The paintings can be viewed on line at www.throughtheeyesoftedharrison.com __________________________________________________ Copyright © 2003 Robert Amos Robert Amos is an artist and art writer who lives in Victoria, B. C.. He can be contacted by e-mail and you can view his paintings at www.robertamos.com