“Country Road” by A.J. Casson

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Mural Artist: Tim Webb 2010
Located on site at the Lake of Bays Brewing Company
Sponsored by: The Baysville Community Group

The painting of this rural locale was the key to setting A.J. Casson apart from his mentor Franklin Charmichael. At some point in time, Casson found that his work was becoming far to similar to his mentors paintings. So to diverge, he began to paint rural settings and small towns throughout south central Ontario. This vivid painting has an elegant charm to it that beckons days gone by. This was to be Casson's legacy to the Group of Seven. 

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  • Address 2681 Regional Rd 117, Baysville ON
  • Category A.J. Casson
  • Location Baysville

Artist Name : A.J. Casson

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A.J. Casson (1898-1992) was born in Toronto and worked as a commercial designer by day and spent his evenings taking art classes. While working in graphic design he became apprentice to Franklin Carmichael and was introduced to outdoor sketching and to watercolours as a paint medium. Carmichael was so impressed by the young protege, that in 1926 he invited him to join the Group of Seven to fill the void left by Frank Johnston. He began to join them on weekend sketching trips, but due to family obligations, was not able to join them on the more adventurous trips across the country. To break away from the similarity of his mentors work, Casson began to paint small towns and buildings across central and south Ontario. This work documented many of the little communities before they were engulfed by the larger cities, or disappeared altogether. Casson went on to become a pioneer in the silk screening industry being one of the first people to apply the principle to making art prints. In his later years, Casson faithfully cottaged, and painted locally, in the Oxtongue Lake area, while on summer vacations.

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