A. Y. Jackson

 (1882 – 1974), RCA. Painter, illustrator, Alexander Young Jackson, born in Montreal 3 October 1882. Brother of H. A. C. Jackson; uncle of Naomi Jackson Groves. Studied with Edmond Dyonnet at Council of Arts and Manufactures, Montreal, 1896-99; Art Association of Montreal c. 1900-05; with Walter Marshall Clute and Frederick Richardson at Art Institute of Chicago 1906-08; with Jean-Paul Laurens at Academie Julian, Paris, 1907. Taught at Ontario College of Art, Toronto, 1924-25; Banff School of Fine Arts, Alta., summers 1943-47, 1949. Worked as commercial artist, Montreal, 1894-1905, Chicago, 1906-07. Served in CA 1915-18; official war-artist, Canadian War Records, Belgium, France, and England, 1917-18.

Affiliations: AC 1913, life member 1914; ALCT 1913, honorary life member 1958; ARCA 1914, RCA 1919-32, 1953; OSA 1915; Group of Seven 1920; CGP 1933 (founder-member), president 1935-36, 1945-47, 1953; FCA 1941.

Author of The Far North (1928), Banting as an Artist (1943), A Painter’s Country (1958).

Painted across Canada, including Algonquin Park, Algona, and Georgian Bay in Ontario, Chalevoix and Lower St. Lawrence in Quebec, southern Alberta and the areas of Great Bear Lake and Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories. Travelled to France and Italy 1912-13; Skeena River, BC, 1926, with Edwin H. Holgate and Marius Barbeau; Arctic and Labrador 1927, with Sir Frederick Banting, and 1930, with Lawren S. Harris; Belgium, Germany, and England 1936. Honorary LL.D., Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, 1941; C.M.G. 1947; LL.D., Carleton University, Ottawa, 1957; LL.D., University of Saskatchewan, Regina, 1963; LL.D., University of British Columbia, Vancouver, 1966; D. LITT., McGill University, Montreal, 1967; C.C. 1967. Lived in Toronto 1913-55; Manotick, Ontario, 1955-62; Ottawa, 1962-68; Kleinbury, Ontario, from 1968. Died in Kleinbury 5 April 1974.