Artwork by Alexander Young Jackson,  Islands, Go Home Bay

A.Y. Jackson
Islands, Go Home Bay

oil on board
signed lower left; signed, titled and inscribed “Little Picture Show” and “Not for Sale” (crossed out) on the reverse
10.5 x 13.5 ins ( 26.7 x 34.3 cms )

Sold for $21,850.00
Sale date: November 22nd 2016

Private Collection, Ontario
Naomi Jackson Groves, “A.Y.’s Canada: Drawings by A.Y. Jackson,” Toronto, 1968, page 108
Wayne Larsen, “A.Y. Jackson: The Life of a Landscape Painter,” Toronto, 2009, pages 51 and 55
Comprised of a cluster of islands, Go Home Bay afforded Jackson the opportunity to camp, fish and sketch all year round, often settling on the Western Islands. It was in this area where Jackson met Dr. MacCallum, on recommendation from Lawren Harris, in 1913. Dr. MacCallum had a cottage in the area and offered to have Jackson come stay along with financial support on the condition that he take a space in The Studio Building in Toronto.

Jackson wrote fondly of his time at Go Home Bay, the time it allowed for him to visit with his cousins, the Erichsen Browns, and how he could get out his paints and create “a pine tree on a rock.” In this oil sketch of one of the artist’s favourite sketching spots, the viewer overlooks the bay and onto the layered high horizon line, with a token Jack Pine wistfully blowing in the wind in the distance. The peace and calm of the natural environment is highlighted by the lavender tone incorporated into the warm rocks and sky, creating harmony within the scene.

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Alexander Young Jackson
(1882 - 1974) Group of Seven, OSA, RCA

Born in Montreal, Alexander Young Jackson left school at the age of twelve and began work at a Montreal printing firm. In 1906, he undertook art studies at the Art Institute in Chicago. The following year he enrolled at the Academie Julian in Paris and remained in France until 1912. During this period his painting was strongly influenced by the Impressionists. After his return to Canada, Jackson took up residence in Montreal and made many sketching trips to the surrounding countryside. Harris and MacDonald were impressed by Jackson's work and, in 1913, persuaded him to move to Toronto. Jackson's great sense of adventure carried him from the east coast across Canada to the Rocky Mountains of the west. He made regular sketching trips to Quebec every spring and travelled to the far regions of Canada during the summer, including the Canadian Arctic. In the fall he would return to the Studio Building in Toronto (where he lived until 1955), spending the winters painting canvases. He continued this active lifestyle until he was in his eighties.