“Summer Hillside” by A.J. Casson

  • Summer Hillside by A.J. Casson

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Mural Artist: Gerry Lantaigne 2004
Located on site at RBC Royal Bank
Sponsored by RBC and The BIA

A.J. Casson enjoyed this view of the rivers and lakes of Muskoka and Algonquin; a quintessential view of the shorelines in our region. The myriad hues of green cascading toward the water capture the light and shadows at different levels on the hillsides. This offers the viewer many variations of the same shades and tones of colour to see. The reflections in the water also offer many different shades of the same colour, augmented by the deep dark richness of the water itself. There are actually thousands of variations of greens in this painting, as there are in real life when one looks at the shorelines.

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  • Address 22 Main St E, Huntsville ON
  • Category A.J. Casson
  • Location Huntsville

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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