I have loved the work of Lawren Harris, a member of the Group of Seven, for as long as I can remember.
When I was in Grade 6 we moved to Kleinburg, Ontario which is home to the McMichael Canadian Art Collection which features the work of the Group of Seven. I remember going on field trips with my school class to see the paintings and being fascinated by the colour and texture in them. Later, I would pack a lunch and spend the day exploring the trails on the grounds of the Gallery. We moved away from there a couple of years later but I’ve always been drawn to Harris’ work.
Even today, I can identify a Lawren Harris painting in moments, just by the feeling it gives me. I’m not a fan of his later work, which are the more famous paintings, but I love his earlier architectural paintings the most.
He uses colour in such an incredible way in all of his work and when I saw it in person a couple of years ago (again) it actually vibrated with energy.
If you ever get the chance to visit the McMichael Gallery in Kleinburg please give yourself some time….you’ll need it to really soak in all the amazingness of the Group of Seven, including Lawren Harris.