Harry Savage’s skill with watercolor is apparent and speaks to the prairies. His concern is with impression, light, and strength of color. The spontaneous nature of watercolor lends itself to his approach, where he aspires to react directly to the mood of the land.
“…the paintings are as much about the moving sky and the changes it brings as they are about the stable constant land…” *
Savage was born in Camrose, Alberta and studied at the Provincial Institute of Technology and Art (now the Alberta College of Art and Design) in Calgary and received his diploma in 1961. For a six-month period in 1962, he attended the Brooks School of Photography in Santa Barbara, California. He taught at the Department of Extension, University of Alberta for over twenty years. Savage has worked in photography, painting and printmaking, particularly serigraphy.
His work is represented in a number of public collections, including the Art Gallery of Alberta, the Nickle Galleries (UofC), the Burnaby Art Gallery, the Alberta College of Art, and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. Since 1965, Savage has undertaken a variety of both public and private commissions, ranging from designs for stained glass windows to painted murals, to book illustrations and photographs. He has also co-authored a book with Tom Radford entitled "The Best of Alberta" (Hurtig, 1987).
*Beauchamp, Elizabeth, “Visual Arts – Savage’s Love Of Land Shines Through.” Edmonton Journal (21 January 1989).
Cochran, Bente Roed. Printmaking in Alberta 1945-1985. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 1989.
Laviolette, Mary-Beth. An Alberta Art Chronicle. Canmore, AB.: Altitude Publishing, 2006.
MacDonald, Colin B. Dictionary of Canadian Artists Volume 8, Part 2. Ottawa: Canadian Paperbacks, 2006.