(new) Alexander Young (A.Y.) Jackson & Historical Works of Significance

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Alexander Young (A.Y.) Jackson (1882-1974)
Pincher Creek, Alberta
Oil on Canvas
21" x 27.25"
Price Available Upon Request

Alexander Young (A.Y.) Jackson (1882-1974)
St. Urbain, Quebec
Oil on Panel
8.5"" x 10.5"
Price Available Upon Request

William Kurelek (1927-1977)
Tin Can Cricket
Mixed Media on Panel
13.25" x 13"
Price Available Upon Request

Lawren Stewart Harris (1885-1970)
Lake Superior
Oil on Panel
10.75" x 14"
Price Available Upon Request

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About the Exhibition

Including historical works by Lawren Harris, Frederick Banting, A.J. Casson, William Kurelek and Nicholas de Grandmaison among others; Loch Gallery Continues the tradition of our annual commitment to exhibit the finest works of Canada’s foremost historical artists, Loch Gallery takes particular pride in showcasing a collection of representative works by Canada’s artist-explorer Alexander Young Jackson (1882-1974).

A dean to the group of Seven, and a pupil of Canadian Landscape, Jackson tirelessly explored the entire country depicting areas that had not been painted before. During his extensive travels the painter pioneered his own artistic style and revealed the soul of Canada. This exhibition is unique for several reasons, the artist’s wide-ranging oeuvre; from his mastery of snowy Quebec winter scenes, to his impeccable composure of Alberta’s rough grassy prairies can be seen at once. This exhibition will also be of particular significance because both A.Y. Jackson & Sir Frederick Grant Banting’s coveted paintings of Petite-Rivière, which they painted together, will be re-united and hung side-by side for the first time.

About Alexander Young (A.Y) Jackson

A.Y. JACKSON fell in love with art as a young boy while working at a lithography company in Montreal from 1894 to 1900.  A thirst for artistic knowledge prompted his move to study at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1906. A subsequent trip to Paris to study at the Académie Julian (1907-09) opened his eyes to the profound impact of the impressionist movement.

In the next few years, Jackson took advantage of his freedom to travel and paint spending time in various locations in France, England and Italy.  By 1912, he was back in Montreal for his first exhibition of paintings at the Art Association of Montreal in 1913.  Within a short time span, word of Jackson's efforts to create his own landscape style spread to the artist community.  By the spring of 1913, he visited Toronto and made his first trip north to Georgian Bay.  The all-important connection to Tom Thomson through an introduction by Dr. McCallum sparked the beginning of the first uniquely Canadian art movement to become known as the Group of Seven.

When Canada proclaimed war in September 1914, Jackson enlisted and by 1916 was part of the war artists' group. After the appallingly difficult war years, Jackson returned home to spend the rest of life painting.  By 1919, and after the tragic death of Tom Thomson in 1917, fellow artists decided to go beyond Algonquin Park to investigate the far north.  Lawren Harris, J.E.H. Macdonald and Frank Johnson joined him traveling in a boxcar to Algoma; the first of many trips which later included Lismer, Carmichael and Varley.  Upon returning to Toronto after the Algoma trip in 1919, the group of fellow artists formed the Group of Seven and held their first exhibition in 1920 at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

In the following years of 1921-24, Jackson was living in Quebec and painting both the north and south shores.  Many of the paintings in this exhibition are from this inspired period.  Active in Montreal, Jackson became the first president of the Beaver Hall Group in 1920 and subsequently, invited the members to join in exhibition with the Group of Seven in 1921.

Jackson's great sense of adventure led him to explore Canada from the East Coast across to the Rocky Mountains. In 1927, 28 and 30 he pushed north to the Arctic.  He was accompanied by Banting twice and once with Harris.  Ultimately, the Group disbanded but Jackson continued to paint until his death in 1974.  He was honoured and eventually buried on the grounds of the McMichael Gallery.

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