Now in an updated edition with revised back matter, the quintessential picture-book biography of Ted Harrison (1926–2015)
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 trained as an artist, and a stint in the British Intelligence Service allowed him 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 to emigrate to Canada, where the biggest adventure of his life would begin.
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 himself, this nonfiction picture book will provide inspiration for a new generation of budding artists.
Margriet Ruurs is the award-winning author of twenty-six books for children. Passionate about literacy, she writes children's and educational materials and conducts author visits and writing workshops at international schools around the world. When she isn't travelling, Margriet runs a booklover's bed and breakfast on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia.
Katherine Gibson is an author and keynote speaker who has also written extensively for magazines and newspapers. She spent four years interviewing Ted Harrison while researching her groundbreaking biography Ted Harrison: Painting Paradise. Katherine lives with her husband on Vancouver Island.
Ted Harrison is one of Canada’s most celebrated artists. A former teacher and author, he is best known for books he wrote and illustrated about Canada’s North, including Children of the Yukon and A Northern Alphabet. He also illustrated two poems by Robert Service: The Cremation of Sam McGee and The Shooting of Dan McGrew, which became Canadian bestsellers. A member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, Ted is the recipient of many honours for his contribution to the arts and culture of Canada, including the Order of British Columbia and the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honour. Born in County Durham, England, Ted and his wife emigrated to Canada in 1967 and lived in the Yukon for twenty-five years before moving in 1993 to Victoria, British Columbia. Ted passed away in early 2015.
Praise for A Brush Full of Colour
2016 Crystal Kite Award Winner
2015 Canadian Children's Literature Roundtables Information Book Award Winner
2016 Ontario Library Association Silver Birch Non-Fiction Award shortlist
2015 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award shortlist
2015 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Awards shortlist
2016 Rocky Mountain Book Awards shortlist
2015 Hackmatack Children's Choice Award nominee
2015 Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection
2014 Ontario Library Association Best Bets selection
2014 Resource Links "The Year's Best" selection
"Seldom does an artist's biography for children offer so many beautiful reproductions of the subject's work. Pair this inviting book with Ashley Bryan: Words to My Life's Song (2009), another wonderfully visual celebration of an artist following his own path."—Booklist
"An outstanding, well-organized biography...A joy to look at and an inspiration to read."—School Library Journal
"A child-friendly introduction to an iconic, wonderfully accessible and quintessentially Canadian artist."—Kirkus Reviews
"[A] must have...The text is easy to read, comprehensive, and interesting...[A] beautifully presented book...Highly recommended."—Resource Links
"This outstanding biography does more than just inform the reader of Ted Harrison's life in a well organized way. A Brush Full of Colour is indicative of the spirit and passion of its subject...Highly Recommended."—CM Magazine
"This inspirational and informative biography includes many stunning examples of Harrison's luminous artwork as well as resources, sources and a foreword written by the artist himself..."—Canadian Children's Book News
"[T]his book is virtually larger than life...A Brush Full of Colour is an exemplary youngCanLit biography."—CanLit for LittleCanadians
“The clear skies, the horizons, the wonder of the northern lights, and the beauty of the first and last look at each day were captured in a bold new light.”—Sal’s Fiction Addiction