Edward Hardy Harrison was born August 28th, 1926 in the village of Wingate In County Durham, England.
Harrison studied at Hartlepole College of Art in 1943, but the Second World War interrupted his education. Following military service, he returned to art school and in 1950 received a Diploma in Design. The following year he received a teaching certificate from the University of Durham and began a twenty-eight year career in education.
He taught in many different parts of the world, including Malaysia, and New Zealand, before immigrating to Canada with his wife their son. They settled in Carcross near Whitehorse, in the Yukon. The Yukon had a huge influence on his artistic development.
In 1969, Harrison had his first exhibit at the Public Library in Whitehorse.
Harrison has aldo written and illustrated several children’s books. Other projects include his design of Yukon Pavilion for Vancouver Expo’ 86 and the design of a Canada Post Christmas Stamp in 1996.
Harrison's paintings can be found in private and public collections throughout Canada, and in New Zealand, Japan, Germany and the United States.
In 1987 Harison received the Order of Canada for his contribution to Canadian culture. He was awarded a honourary doctorate from The University of Athabasca in 1991, a honourary doctorate in Fine Arts from The University of Victoria in 1998 and a distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Alberta in 2002. Harrison also holds an honorary doctorate of Law.
In 1993 he moved to Victoria, British Columbia to continue his painting and writing.
Harrison was inducted into the Royal Conservatory of the Arts in 2005.