Alexander Young Jackson

Canadian artist, RCA, Order of Canada Companion, Group of Seven, Canadian Group of Painter, Art and Letters Club, Ontario Society of Artists.

Alexander Young Jackson

Canadian artist, A.Y. Jackson was born in Montreal October 3rd, 1882 and died in Ontario April 5th, 1974. He began his career as an illustrator, working in Montreal and Chigago. Not wanting to be confined to the illustration and attracted to painting, he joined in 1907 the Académie Julian in Paris. During the two years he spent in Europe, he travels and affirm his style. Back in Canada, he moved to Toronto in 1913. Jackson will meet the painter Tom Thomson and become great friends. He's been encouraging Jackson to travel to remote places in Canada. The vast landscapes of the country inspires him and gived him motivation to cross the country from one side to the other, over and over again. Indeed, how better demonstrate the life of a people, of his character and his philosophy if not by painting?

In 1919 he went on an expedition to Algoma to paint with Lawren Harris, J.E.H. MacDonald and Franz Johnston. The works they produce will be used for the first exhibition of the Group of Seven in 1920. From the 1920s to 1936, Jackson refined his style and will now be recognized as an artist who can express the beauty of each region of Canada.

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