CANADIAN PRAIRIE WATERCOLOUR LANDSCAPES

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HARRY SAVAGE. After the Spring Blizzard, 1982. Edmonton Art Gallery

HARRY SAVAGE, b. Camrose, Alberta, 1938. Savage is an Edmonton painter who, in the '70s and '80s produced delicate, small watercolours of prairie and seascapes, often based carefully-laid horizontal washes, exploiting controlled "bleeds". While seemingly modest, the format posed difficult formal problems, particularly that of suggesting recession in relatively flat, featureless spaces. Savage resolved these with skill and imbued them with subtle poetry. The small scale of the works was in keeping with the English tradition.


TERRY FENTON