About A Y Jackson

A Y Jackson

Born in Montreal, A.Y. Jackson began his formal art studies around 1898 at Montreal’s Monument National under Edmond Dyonnet, then at the Art Association of Montreal under William Brymner. In May of 1913, Jackson went to Toronto, meeting future Group of Seven members J.E.H. MacDonald and Arthur Lismer at the Arts and Letters Club, and later, Lawren Harris.  After seeing action in World War I in 1915, Jackson was appointed a war artist in 1917, and worked for the Canadian War Memorials until his discharge in 1919. In the autumn of that year he participated in the first Group boxcar trip to Algoma. A founding member of the Group, he exhibited with them throughout the 1920s and into the early 1930s. Jackson was also a founding member of the Canadian Group of Painters, formed in 1933.  Jackson’s great affection for the Canadian landscape and his perception of the warmth, independence and hardiness of those who inhabited it has informed our sense of nationality. After a career in which he remained active into his eighties, Jackson spent his last years living in an apartment at the McMichael Canadian Collection at Kleinburg, where he died in 1974.

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