Clara Isabella Harris (née Perry, October 13, 1887 – 1975) was a Canadian artist. She worked in the media of painting, watercolours, sculpture, sketching, and wood carving.

Clara Isabella Harris
Clara Isabella Harris, Self Portrait
Clara Isabella Perry

(1887-10-12)October 12, 1887
Known forPainting
Notable workMalton Road, An Ontario Barn
MovementCanadian Group of Painters

Education edit

She studied at Ontario College of Art & Design and at its Summer School, with J.W. Beatty. George Agnew Reid, C.M. Manly, and William Cruikshank (painter)[1] and at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Biography edit

Clara Isabella Perry was born in King City, County of York, Ontario on October 13, 1887, to Richard S. Perry and Elizabeth Hunter.[2] She studied at the Ontario College of Art with J.W. Beatty[3] and Archibald Barnes. She attended the Art Institute of Chicago and[4][5] exhibited in the 1907 Nineteenth Annual Exhibition of Water Colors, Pastels and Miniatures by American Artists May 7 – June 16, 1907.[6] 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[7][8] 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 (artist) and Mary Wrinch Reid.[9] She also showed her work at exhibitions of the Ontario Society of Artists with A.A. Innes, Frank Panabaker, Arthur Lismer, Homer Watson,[10] A.Y. Jackson, J.W Beatty,[11] Archibald Barnes, Frank Carmichael, Manly MacDonald and others.[12] At age 31 Clara married Frederick William Harris, a 27-year-old graphic artist.[13][14] They lived at 23 Valleyview Gardens, Toronto where Clara had her studio, sold her art and conducted art classes.

Exhibitions edit

References edit

  1. ^ The National Gallery of Canada, Library, Ottawa
  2. ^ Ontario, Canada Births, 1869-1913
  3. ^ The Collectors Dictionary of Canadian Artists at Auction, Westbridge publication, c2000, p.36
  4. ^ Certificate: Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1956.
  5. ^ Certificate: Michigan Passenger and Crew Lists, 1903-1965
  6. ^ Chicago Art Institute 1907 Nineteenth Annual Exhibition of Water Colors by American Artists May 7–16, 1907, p. 52 work #378 “English Shops”.
  7. ^ Canadian Art Sales Index, 1987-88, 1989-90, p. 98.
  8. ^ “Artist Leads Trend Oil Painting Gifts---Not Gold Watches”, The Toronto Telegram, January 3, 1962, p.
  9. ^ “Women Artists in Canada”, Globe and Mail, Oct. 3, 1987, p. C16.
  10. ^ The Art Gallery of Toronto, Grange Park, Catalogue of the Sixty-First Annual Exhibition of the Ontario Society of Artists, 1933, p.7.
  11. ^ Canadian National Exhibition Art Gallery, Toronto, The Artists’ Annual Non-Jury Exhibition, May 1st to 15th, 1935, p. 6.
  12. ^ The Art Gallery of Toronto, Ontario Society of Artists, 71st Annual Spring Exhibition, March 5–29, 1943, p.11.
  13. ^ Certificate: Ontario, Canada Marriages, 1801-1928.
  14. ^ The Art Gallery of Toronto, Grange Park, Catalogue, April,1932, p. 15.

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