Alexander Young (A.Y.) Jackson
Born: October 3, 1882
Place of Birth: Montreal, Quebec
Because his father abandoned, A.Y. Jackson left school early to go to work in a Montreal printing firm.
He earned enough money to go to Europe and, subsequently, returned and undertook art studies in Chicago.
Jackson again returned to France where he was introduced to and studied the art form known as "impressionism".
On returning to Canada, A.Y. Jackson began painting professionally in the Montreal area.
He moved to work with artists in Toronto who had appreciated his style of painting landscapes.
When WWI broke out, A.Y. Jackson joined the military but was wounded early in the war and retuned to Canada.
He and another artist, Tom Thompson, were instrumental in setting up the "Group of Seven".
This group became well known by their nature paintings of robust colors and highlighted features.
Jackson continued with this group until 1933 when he decided to paint on his own.
He traveled, explored, and painted many areas of Canada including the far north, Indian reserves, and villages of Ontario and Quebec.
A.Y. Jackson was the last survivor of the Group of Seven whose paintings are now world acclaimed.
For detailed research and more information, check out the following:
University of California
Vancouver Art Gallery
Manor Hill Fine Art
Art History Archive
Canadian Art Group
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