Lawren Stewart Harris, (October 23, 1885 – January 29, 1970) was born in Brantford, Ontario, and is best known as a founding member of the Group of Seven who pioneered a distinctly Canadian painting style in the early twentieth century. During the 1920s, Harris's works became more abstract and simplified, especially his stark landscapes of the Canadian north and Arctic. He also stopped signing and dating his works so that people would judge his works on their own merit and not by the artist or when they were painted. In 1969, he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada. Harris died in Vancouver in 1970, at the age of 84. He is buried on the grounds of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection in Kleinburg, Ontario, along with six other Group of Seven members.