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Algoma Sunset 30 X 40
Painting - Acrylic / Canvas
An Algoma Sunset in the rugget granite region north of Lake Superior, in a style of Canada's Group of Seven. When I was barely a teen, I had the fortune of taking art lessons from a local teacher who knew some of Canada's famous Group Of Seven. This let to a couple of occasions when A.Y.Jackson (one of the group's founders) would show up and give us advice and pointers. This piece is my direct acknowledgement and testament to the ground breaking style these pioneering artists created. Canada's Algoma Region is known for it's rugged landscapes and long evening sunsets. Artists like A.Y. Jackson and his fellow artists like Lawren Harris,J.H. McDonald, Varley etc. immortalized scenes like this and burned forever these images into the Canadian art culture. Their social meetings at Toronto's Arts & Letters Club in the early 1900's gave rise to what became The Group of Seven.
It dawned on me later that their painterly signature style was developed in part from the Art Nouveau movement then popular in Europe, this was particularly evident in Tom Thompson's work, he often used that technique in his commercial art. Thompson's untimely death before the group was actually formed still makes him an emotional member of the group for many art lovers. Using pure colours was a hallmark of the impressionists, so borrowing these concepts became the catalyst of their signature style.
Lawren Harris a key member was born in my city of Brantford, Ontario into a wealthy farm implement family, his financial clout made it possible for the group to exist long enough to be taken seriously, he hepled fund many of their northern trips and their studio space in Toronto.
In painting this piece, I used Acrylics instead of oils and found that due to their poor blending capabilities they lend themselves ideally to painting in this style.
February 4th, 2013
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