Clara Isabella Harris
Clara Isabella Harris
Clara Isabella Harris, Self Portrait
Clara Isabella Perry
October 12, 1887
King City, Ontario, Canada
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Malton Road, An Ontario Barn|
|Movement||Canadian Group of Painters|
Born: King City, Ontario, October 13, 1887
Died: Toronto, 1975
Clara Isabella Perry was born in King City, County of York, Ontario on October 13, 1887 to Richard S. Perry and Elizabeth Hunter. She studied at the Ontario College of Art under J.W. Beatty and Archibald Barnes. Attended the Art Institute of Chicago and   exhibited in the 1907 Nineteenth Annual Exhibition of Water Colors, Pastels and Miniatures by American Artists May 7 – June 16, 1907. She worked in oil, watercolours, and sketched to create landscapes, farm and Maritime scenes, as well as portraits. She worked on location in Toronto, parts of Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia, the Maritimes, Maine and Massachusetts   travelling with friend and fellow artist Emily Louise Orr Elliott. Many of her works are documented with the date, time of day, location and weather conditions. Her paintings were exhibited at commercial galleries alongside but not limited to Emily Carr, Paraskeva Clark, Kathleen Daly, Mabel May, Kathleen Morris, Anne Savage and Mary Wrinch. She also showed her work at exhibitions of the Ontario Society of Artists with A.A. Innes, Frank Panabaker, Arthur Lismer, Homer Watson, A.Y Jackson, J.W Beatty, Archibald Barnes, Frank Carmichael, Manly MacDonald and others. At age 31 Clara married Frederick William Harris, a graphic artist age 27. They lived at 23 Valleyview Gardens, Toronto where Clara had her studio, sold her art and conducted art classes.
- Wood carving
- Ontario College of Art & Design (formerly Ontario College of Art) College and Summer School (Under J.W. Beatty. G. A. Reid, C.M. Manly, William Cruikshank)
- The Art Institute of Chicago
Art Institute of Chicago, May 7 - June 16, 1907, Nineteenth Annual Exhibit of Watercolors, Pastels and Miniatures.
Art Gallery of Ontario - Annual Exhibition of the Ontario Society of Artists, March 1933.
Artists Annual Non-Jury Exhibition, Canadian National Exhibition Art Gallery, Toronto, May 1 -15, 1935.
Old Mill Inn, Toronto, May 27, 2017, Permanent Exhibit Opened.
Lambton House, Toronto, April 7, 2018, Cultural Heritage Landscapes, A Revisiting of 20th Century Landscapes Through the Paintings of Clara Harris.
Art Works Art School, Toronto, April 12 – 19, 2018, Spring Salon, Adult Student Work.
Montgomery’s Inn, Toronto, September 6 – October 1, 2018, Not Your Typical Sunday Driver.
Women's Art Association of Canada, April 5 – 14, 2018, BASH, Honouring Exceptional Women of 80 Years of Age or More.
Helson Gallery, April 3 – June 9, 2018, Artists @ Work.
RiverBrink Art Museum, February 26 – September 5, 2020, Clara Harris.
Photos of her work and more can be seen at www.claraharrisart.com
- Ontario, Canada Births, 1869-1913
- The Collectors Dictionary of Canadian Artists at Auction, Westbridge publication, c2000, p.36
- Certificate: Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1956.
- Certificate: Michigan Passenger and Crew Lists, 1903-1965
- Chicago Art Institute 1907 Nineteenth Annual Exhibition of Water Colors by American Artists May 7-16, 1907, p. 52 work #378 “English Shops”.
- Canadian Art Sales Index, 1987-88, 1989-90, p. 98.
- “Artist Leads Trend Oil Painting Gifts---Not Gold Watches”, The Toronto Telegram, January 3, 1962, p.
- “Women Artists in Canada”, Globe and Mail, Oct. 3, 1987, p. C16.
- The Art Gallery of Toronto, Grange Park, Catalogue of the Sixty-First Annual Exhibition of the Ontario Society of Artists, 1933, p.7.
- Canadian National Exhibition Art Gallery, Toronto, The Artists’ Annual Non-Jury Exhibition, May 1st to 15th, 1935, p. 6.
- The Art Gallery of Toronto, Ontario Society of Artists, 71st Annual Spring Exhibition, March 5-29, 1943, p.11.
- Certificate: Ontario, Canada Marriages, 1801-1928.
- The Art Gallery of Toronto, Grange Park, Catalogue, April,1932, p. 15.
- The National Gallery of Canada, Library, Ottawa
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