Lawren Harris painting at his home in Vancouver, ca. 1956-8, Courtesy of Stewart Sheppard
Lawren Stewart Harris (1885–1970) was one of the most important figures in the history of Canadian art. His long career took him from his birthplace of Brantford, Ontario to Europe, the United States and throughout Canada. After settling in Vancouver in 1940, he was a central figure in the artistic life of British Columbia. Harris through both his life and work helped establish an identity for Canadian art and was a driving force in the development of modernist painting.