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A. J. Casson was born in Toronto in 1898 and died there in 1992. He studied at Ryerson School and later at the Hamilton Technical School, under J. S. Gordon.

Photo: Alfred J. Casson, 1943

He served as an apprentice to the lithographer-designer Franklin Carmichael and then continued his formal studies at the Ontario College of Art and the Toronto Technical School, under Alfred Howell. In 1926, Casson joined the Group of Seven. He was a founding member of the Canadian Group of Painters and the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour.

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Alfred J. Casson, 1943 (detail)
Ontario Society of Artists
Black and white print
Reference Code: F 1140-7-0-1
Archives of Ontario, I0010381

The artist’s other memberships included the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (Pres., 1948-52) the Ontario Society of Artists (Pres., 1941-46), and the National Academy of Design, New York.

Casson has received a number of awards for his paintings of small Ontario towns and landscapes. The artist’s strong sense of design and order was likely influenced by his early experience as a lithographer.

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A. J. Casson surveys his mural as its installation
nears completion in the Macdonald Block, [ca. 1968]
Photographer unknown
Government of Ontario Art Collection

Photo: A. J. Casson surveys his mural as its installation nears completion in the Macdonald Block, [ca. 1968]

Remarking on this oil painting on linen canvas, Casson explained, "In front of the church, there’s a young woman with a stroller and a little girl walking beside her. That’s my daughter and her children.”

Untitled - A. J. Casson

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Untitled, 1966-68
A. J. Casson, O.S.A., R.C.A. (1898-1992)
oil on linen canvas
Government of Ontario Art Collection, 619772

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