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Artists as Writers

Artist Biography

(Portrait of A.Y. Jackson from the McMichael Gallery.)

JACKSON, A.Y. (Alexander Young) (1882 - 1974)

Areas of Expertise

Painting, Landscapes, War art, Canadian art


Alexander Young Jackson, CC, painter (born 3 October 1882 in Montréal, QC; died 5 April 1974 in Kleinburg, ON). A Companion of the Order of Canada and recipient of a medal for lifetime achievement from the Royal Canadian Academy, A.Y. Jackson was a leading member of the Group of Seven and helped to remake the visual image of Canada.

(Biography from The Canadian Encyclopedia)

Online Resources

A.Y. Jackson on the Canadian Encyclopedia.

Canadian Landscape, a documentary from the NFB of Canada. Dir. by Radford Crawley, 1941, 17 min 28 s, this documentary follows painter A.Y. Jackson on his canoe trips and on foot to the northern wilderness of Canada in autumn where this leading member of the Group of Seven discusses his approach to his subject matter and shows some of his paintings.

A.Y. Jackson: Still Painting at 73. CBC Newsmagazine July 10, 1955. A video from the CBC Digital Archives.

Listen to part of A. Y. Jackson's speech ("A.Y. Jackson paints the First World War") at the Royal York Hotel, Toronto, April 20, 1965 as he recalls his assignments as a war painter .