Edward B. Pulford

Edward (Ted) B. Pulford

Born: Saskatoon, SK 1914

Died: April 11, 1994

North Shore Mountains, 1985, Edward Pulford, watercolour 13 1/2" x 20 1/2", 1991.01.01. Gift of the artist.

Ted Pulford was born in Saskatoon, December 14, 1914 of Welsh emigrant parents. His Welsh background was to have a profound effect on him throughout his life. Pulford joined the RCAF in 1940, serving in North Africa, India and Ceylon, before returning to Canada, in 1943.

After the war, Ted attended Mount Allison University in Sackville, N.B, earning the Wood Memorial Scholarship for outstanding work during his second year. After graduating in 1949, Ted joined the faculty of Fine Arts teaching first year students in the fundamentals of drawing, painting and design. Ted believed passionately in teaching students how to draw, saying, “In my own experience in studying the work of great painters from all ages and cultures, I have never known of one who did not know how to draw well.” The respect between teacher and students was mutual. Among Ted’s former students are many of today’s most distinguished artists and their praise of Ted’s teaching and influence are ever noted.

Although Ted received honours for his works in both oils and watercolours in the 1950’s, from 1960 until his retirement he turned exclusively to watercolours. Ted’s great love of nature and the landscape manifested itself in his art wherever he elected to put brush to paper, not only in the Maritimes but Newfoundland, Ireland, Scotland, Bermuda, the Lake District, the West Coast and British Columbia.

A scholarship fund has been set up in honour of Ted Pulford’s memory, following his death, April 11 1994.