Alfred J. Casson
Alfred J. Casson was born in Toronto in 1898. His first public display of work was at the Canadian National Exhibition of 1917. In 1926, Franklin Carmichael, one of the original Group of Seven painters, mentored Casson and invited him to join this cutting-edge group. Both as an individual and as a member of the Group of Seven, Casson went on to become known as a painter of rural Ontario. He created an impressive body of work best known for his depiction of landscapes, forests, and farms of southern Ontario. The images themselves were simple places or objects made wonderful through his use of sharply defined colours, shapes, and light.