Alexander Young Jackson 1882-1974

Artist biography

A. Y. JACKSON b. 1882

Landscape painter, one of the leaders of the Canadian Group who worked under Post-Impressionist and Fauve influence. Born 3 October 1882 at Montreal, Canada. Studied at night school in Montreal under Edmond Dyonnet, and later at the Art Institute of Chicago while working at commercial lithography. First visit to Europe 1905; went to Paris 1907, studied at the Académie Julian under J.-P. Laurens; worked at Etaples, near Moret, with F. J. Porter, and in Assisi. Returned to Montreal 1910 and held first exhibition with Hewton, but this was a failure; settled in Toronto 1913. Served as a Private in France in the 1914–18 war and later as Official War Artist for the Canadian War Records. Member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts 1919–32 and original member of the Group of Seven 1920. Has travelled widely throughout Canada. Author of A Painter's Country, Toronto, 1958.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I