Canadian artist, R.C.A.


The Canadian painter John Little was born in 1928 in Montreal. Following his studies at the School of Fine Arts in Montreal, under the guidance of Arthur Lismer. In 1947, he moved to New York to attend classes at the Art Students League with Will Barnet and Frank J. Reiley. Then he worked as assistant for Ray Bailey, an American illustrator of animated comics. In 1951, upon his return to Montreal, he his hired as a designer in his father's architectural firm (Luke & Little). Two years later, he married and decided to devote himself exclusively to painting. He became a member of the Canadian Royal Academy in 1961.
Little works with oil, watercolor and ink. He is known for his street scenes of the cities of Montreal and Quebec. These are often represented under the snow. It painted also urban scenes with adults and children leaving with their hockey stick. His characters are animated and interprets beautifully the movement of crowds and congestion in narrow streets.

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