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A.Y. Jackson RCA OSA G7 (1882-1974)Alexander Young Jackson was a member of the famed Group of Seven and was one of the most important artists in Canadian Art History. He was born in Montreal. He began his art career at the age of 12, by working at a lithography company, and beginning to sketch in his free time. Later, he studied under William Brymner. He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, followed by the Academie Julian. Upon returning to Canada, he travelled to Toronto and met the future members of the Group of Seven at the Arts and Letters Club. He then took up a studio in the “Studio Building” where other members of the future “Group” painted and he shared a studio with Tom Thomson beginning in 1914. He was an Official War Artist in WWI. He began sketching with Tom Thomson in Algonquin Park and on the famed “Boxcar” sketching trips in Algoma with Lawren Harris and others. He was one of the founding members of the Group of Seven in 1920. The Tate Gallery purchased one of his paintings and for a time, he was the only living Canadian artist in their collection. In 1927 he travelled to the arctic to paint with Sir Frederick Banting. A large exhibition of his work was exhibited at the National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Ontario in 1953. He spent his final years living at the McMichael Gallery Estate, which is where several other members of the Group of Seven are buried. He was a member of the Royal Canadian Academy and the Ontario Society of Artists. His work is in the collections of all major public art galleries in Canada, as well as The Tate Gallery in London and others around the world. Numerous books have been written about him, and he remains one of the most important figures in the history of Canadian Art.
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