Franklin Arbuckle was born in Toronto in 1909 and died in Toronto in 2001.
He began these evening classes at the Ontario College of Art in 1927 where he studied under the supervision of J.E.H. Macdonald, Arthur Lismer and Frank H. Johnston among others.
He settled his first studio in 1930 and from 1933 he was elected to the Ontario Arts Society. Three years later, in 1936, he became a member of the Royal Academy of Arts. He settled in Montreal in the 1940s and was hired as a painter for the Canadian Pacific Railways to travel across Canada to paint his landscapes. He married the artist Frances-Anne Johnston, daughter of the famous painter Frank Johnston in 1958.
From 1960 to 1964, he was President of the Royal Academy of Canada. For 40 years, he taught at the Ontario College of Art.
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