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The Shooting of Dan McGrew

Ted Harrison, 1988


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Ted Harrison


Acrylic on canvas




30.5 x 25.4 cm

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Ted Harrison’s distinctive and bright-coloured paintings capture the essence of the Canadian North and its people. His understanding of the world underwent a transformation after arriving in Carcross, Yukon in the fall of 1968, inspiring his unique visual language. The vast and expansive beauty of the Yukon landscape challenged the artist to push traditional boundaries, and what emerged on his canvases was an explosion of colour and undulating lines. The 27 paintings illustrate the stories of The Cremation of Sam McGee and The Shooting of Dan McGrew, written by poet and writer, Robert W. Service. As a significant part of Yukon heritage, these stories combine the legends of the Gold Rush, the splendor of the landscape and the artistic inspiration that only the land of the midnight sun can breed. The thirteen paintings that depict The Cremation of Sam McGee were first published in1986, and the fourteen paintings for The Shooting of Dan McGrew were first published in 1988.