Where the Universe Sings: The Spiritual Journey of Lawren Harris

By TVO Documentaries - Published on Aug 30, 2016
Discover the life and work of Group of Seven co-founder Lawren Harris through a new digital experience, interactive app and documentary.



Today, his paintings sell for millions of dollars. But who was the man behind the magic paintbrush? Why was he able to see beauty and majesty where others saw a cold and barren land? What fueled his desire to paint a new identity for the northern country he called home? And how did he transform his paintings from mere ideas to masterpieces?

Find the answers to these powerful questions by clicking the image below. 

Experience the interactive

Learn more about the documentary and download a special augmented reality app that explores these powerful questions in its examination of eight of the artist’s iconic paintings.

Moving postcard with quote from Lawren Harris.

En route to the Arctic in 1930, Lawren Harris wrote, "I’m in great need of losing my littleness, and sharing completely in the life of the universe in water and skies and land and light." 

Watch the documentary

Click below to watch the film Where the Universe Sings, an intimate portrait of the artist's life and the expansive landscapes that inspired him.


Find about more about Lawren Harris

In an exclusive TVO.org article, photographer Liam Maloney recalls how his artist grandfather used the work of the iconic painter to create his own spiritual connection to the Canadian landscape. Click the photo to read more. 

A man filming in The Agenda studio

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Lawren Harris's Algoma Sketch 48, photographed by Liam Maloney

Christopher Hume argues that Canada has an inferiority complex about its own artists. Lawren Harris died nearly 50 years ago, but now that movie star Steve Martin is a fan, he's suddenly hot. Click the photo below for more. 

Steve Martin at the AGO.

Lawren Harris's most famous works capture the vast expanses and beautiful landscapes of the north. Now a new exhibit, curated in part by Steve Martin, is generating renewed interest in his work.

As Canada celebrates its 149th birthday, click below for a special episode of The Agenda that explores Harris's influence on Canadian identity and his vision for the country. 

A look at The Dreamers Ever Leave You, the National Ballet of Canada performance inspired by the Lawren Harris exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario.


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