Ted Harrison’s vibrant paintings truly capture the soul of the Canadian North and its people. The vast and awesome beauty of the northern landscape challenged the artist to push the boundaries of tradition and what emerged on his canvases was an explosion of colour and undulating lines. In 1987, he received the Order of Canada for his contribution to Canadian culture.


These thirteen acrylic-on-board paintings illustrate the poem of The Cremation of Sam McGee, written by Robert W. Service. They are a huge part of Yukon and Alaskan heritage as they mesh the legends of the Gold Rush, the splendor of the landscape and the artistic inspiration that a land of the midnight sun can breed. Robert Service rightly earned the title "Bard of the Yukon" by bringing to life the rough and tumble ways of the Klondike Gold rush; and artist Ted Harrison was the perfect man to bring them to the page with due style and boldness.


We are honoured to have these works in our Collection and share these treasures with you.

Friday, April 5 - Monday, April 29

Ted Harrison: The Cremation of Sam McGee

Yukon Arts Centre Permanent Art Collection

Event Details


Friday, April 5 2019

Monday, April 29 2019


April 5, 2019 - April 29, 2019

Yukon Arts Centre Community Gallery

Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm

Free Admission.