Julie Harris   M.S.A.

Julie Harris has made her name in Manitoba art circles and with global collectors by capturing local scenes on canvas in realistic and precise detail. Mainly choosing scenes well off the beaten track, her research into appropriate subject material has taken her into many areas of the prairie provinces and into NorthWestern Ontario.

Her interest in art began at an early age in her native England. Art history, perspectives, free expression and art forms were major study areas in her Grammar School curriculum. In her late teens she immigrated to Winnipeg where she renewed her interest in art a few years later. As a result she has achieved an avid appreciation of the region in its extreme seasons and this is evident in her work.

Julie’s first exhibitions were at the Polo Park Art Fair organized by the Ladies’Auxiliary of the Winnipeg Art Gallery. This quickly led to solo exhibitions including two at the University of Winnipeg, fourteen annual shows at Eaton’s Gallery of Fine Art and numerous other solo and group exhibitions including all of the annual Manitoba Art Expos since they commenced in 1996.

Her work has been shown in galleries in Toronto, Calgary, Minneapolis, Saskatoon and North Battleford.

Over the ensuing years her works have found their way into private collections across Canada and into many countries including the States, Mexico, Japan, England, Germany, Spain, Australia, Brazil, Switzerland and Dubai. The Province of Manitoba has purchased many pieces from her and commissions have included The Royal Bank of Canada, Frederick Eaton, The Canola Council of Canada, and Craig & Ross, Chartered Accountants.

Recent achievements include:-

  • 1996 At the Interlake Juried Art Show voted “People’s Choice" Award
  • 1999 Work chosen for the promotional advertising and cover of the Saskatchewan Government Insurance calendar.
  • 1999 Received an award from Ducks Unlimited.
  • 1999 Accepted into the Manitoba Society of Artists
  • 2000 At the Interlake Juried Art Show judged best oil painting and another entry was voted “People’s Choice” Award
  • 2002 At the Interlake Juried Art Show and at the Manitoba Art Expo received “People’s Choice” Awards.
  • 2003 Work chosen for the promotional advertising and for the month of October
    in the Saskatchewan Government Insurance calendar
  • 2004 Four paintings featured in the movie “Vinegar Hill” filmed in Manitoba.
  • 2004 Received the “People’s Choice” Award at the Manitoba Art Expo
  • 2005 At the Interlake Juried Art Show awarded 1st place in the Oils category
  • 2006 Paintings featured in 2 movies, "Maneater" and "You Kill Me"
  • 2006 Received the “People’s Choice” Award at the Manitoba Art Expo
  • 2008 Received the “People’s Choice” Award at the Manitoba Art Expo
  • 2010 Received the “People’s Choice” Award at the Manitoba Art Expo

Her work may be viewed at her home studio in Grosse Isle, seven miles north of Winnipeg.