Y. Jackson travelled extensively across Canada, and painted
many of the country's regions.
"A.Y.", as he is fondly known, was born in Montreal on October
other members of the Group of Seven he was trained as a Commercial
Artist and for many years made his living by that means. He
apprenticed to a Montreal lithographer at the age of 12, and
though he later spent two and a half years in France studying
painting, he was soon back in Canada paying his rent by designing
1920, with Lawren Harris, Arthur Lismer, Frank Carmichael,
Fred Varley, James MacDonald and Frank Johnston, he formed
the most famous exhibitors' group in the history of Canadian
painting: the Group of Seven.
the following years he painted the Arctic, the West Coast,
the Prairies, and the North Woods, as well as his beloved
St. Lawrence, where his countless sketching expeditions earned
him the nickname Pere Raquette- Pappa Snowshoe.