Lawren Harris: Canadian Visionary

October 16, 2017

September 30 - November 30, 2017

Nanaimo Museum (In the Nanaimo Conference Centre)

100 Museum Way



The Nanaimo Museum is pleased to present Lawren Harris: Canadian Visionary as our fall

feature exhibit this year, brought to you in partnership with the Nanaimo Art Gallery. The exhibition is a touring version of the major career retrospective of Harris’ work that drew large and enthusiastic crowds to the Vancouver Art Gallery in the spring of 2014. This iteration presents a focused survey of Group of Seven founding member Lawren Stewart Harris, who played a major role in the early 20th century history of Canadian painting and was profoundly influential in the British Columbia art community for many decades.


Featuring a selection of key works from the Vancouver Art Gallery’s permanent collection, the exhibition traces Harris’ artistic evolution from the early years of the 20th century to his groundbreaking work as a member of the Group of Seven, whose art transformed the language of Canadian landscape painting. The exhibition also highlights his later experiments in abstraction, reflecting his efforts to rootThe exhibition also highlights his later experiments in abstraction, reflecting his efforts to root his work in a universal language rather than a specific representation of the landscape


Lawren Harris: Canadian Visionary is organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery with the generous support of the Killy Foundation and curated by Ian M. Thom, Senior Curator—Historical.

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