ALFRED J. CASSON
Canadian, Member of the Royal Canadian Academy, Member of the Ontario Society of Artists
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Alfred J. Casson is a Canadian painter born in Toronto in 1898. He moved with his family to Guelph and then to Hamilton. At the age of 15 he was an apprentice lithographer at the Hamilton Technical High School and simultaneously attended courses at the Ontario College of Art and the Centra Technical School.
He exhibited for the first time in 1917 at the Canadian National Exhibition. He is hired by the Bridgen's engravers and takes courses by one of the members of the Group of Seven, Franklin Carmichael. He introduced him to the rest of the band and joined the Arts and Letters Club in Toronto. He experimented a lot with watercolor during this period until founding the Canadian Watercolor Society.
He officially joined the Group of Seven in 1926 under the invitation of Franklin Carmichael following the departure of Frank Johnston. The group dissociated only a few years later. In 1933 he was a member of the Canadian Group of Painters as well as several members of the Group of Seven, such as Lawren Harris, A.Y. Jackson and Carmicheal.
He was a member of more associations in the 1940s and 1950s, including the Royal Academy of Canada and the Ontario Society of Artists. He was awarded the Royal Canadian Academy Medal in 1969. He also became an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1978.
The preferred subjects are the rural landscapes of southern Ontario. Village, country house are recurring elements in his works.