Alfred Joseph (A.J.) Casson

Alfred Joseph (A.J.) Casson - Heffel Gallery

Alfred Joseph (A.J.) Casson

1898 - 1992
CGP CSPWC G7 OC POSA PRCA

A.J. Casson was the youngest member of the Group of Seven. Born in Toronto in 1898, Casson studied at the Ontario College of Art under J.W. Beatty from 1918 to 1921 and took private classes with Harry Britton from 1916 to 1918. In 1919, he began to work as a commercial artist at Rous & Mann Ltd., where he became the assistant to Group of Seven member Franklin Carmichael, a connection that would prove to be invaluable. Casson joined the Arts and Letters Club in Toronto in 1920, where he met the other Group members. In 1926, Casson was invited to join the Group after the departure of Frank Johnston, and forged his identity among them with his images of southern Ontario villages and rural countryside, as well as the Ontario northland. In this same year, he co-founded the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour with Carmichael and F.H. Brigden, to promote the significance of this medium, as well as becoming an Associate of the Royal Canadian Academy (later becoming a full member). He also joined the commercial art firm of Sampson Matthews Limited, where he would work until 1958.

During this time, he explored the Ontario countryside on sketching trips as often as possible, and after his retirement from Sampson Matthews poured all his energy into painting. As well as traveling to such painting places in the wilderness such as Algonquin Park, Haliburton and the Madawaska River, Casson toured southern Ontario towns extensively, painting subjects such as houses, stores and mills, which he imbued with great warmth.
In 1933, he was one of the founding members that created the Canadian Group of Painters. He was also involved with the Ontario Society of Artists, and was elected its President in 1941. As well as exhibiting regularly in Canada with the Group, the Ontario Society of Artists, the RCA, the Canadian Group of Painters and the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour, he participated in many international shows such as in Wembley, England, the Jeu de Paume in Paris, the Tate Gallery in London, the Canadian Club in New York and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, to name a few.

Later in life, honours poured in, as his special status as a Group of Seven member garnered great appreciation, and his regular exhibitions at Roberts Gallery sold out. Casson passed away in 1992 at the age of 94.

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Record Alfred Joseph (A.J.) Casson sale - Heffel Gallery - Buy and Sell art   Alfred Joseph (A.J.) Casson
Country Crisis
37 x 45in 94 x 114.3cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $600,000 - $800,000 CDN
Sold for:   $1,534,000 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fall 2016 - 4th Session auction on Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Record Alfred Joseph (A.J.) Casson sale - Heffel Gallery - Buy and Sell art   Alfred Joseph (A.J.) Casson
Anglican Church - Magnetawan
9 3/8 x 11 1/4in 23.8 x 28.6cm
oil on board

Estimate:  $75,000 - $125,000 CDN
Sold for:   $322,000 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Spring 2007 auction on Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Record Alfred Joseph (A.J.) Casson sale - Heffel Gallery - Buy and Sell art   Alfred Joseph (A.J.) Casson
Gathering Storm
30 x 36in 76.2 x 91.4cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $100,000 - $150,000 CDN
Sold for:   $271,400 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fall 2016 - 4th Session auction on Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Record Alfred Joseph (A.J.) Casson sale - Heffel Gallery - Buy and Sell art   Alfred Joseph (A.J.) Casson
Country House in Winter
20 x 24in 50.8 x 61cm
circa 1940
oil on board

Estimate:  $125,000 - $175,000 CDN
Sold for:   $165,200 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Spring 2014 - 2nd Session auction on Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Record Alfred Joseph (A.J.) Casson sale - Heffel Gallery - Buy and Sell art   Alfred Joseph (A.J.) Casson
St. Paul's Anglican Church, Manitowaning, Manitoulin Island, Built 1845
33 x 43in 83.8 x 109cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $70,000 - $90,000 CDN
Sold for:   $155,250 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Spring 2001 auction on Wednesday, May 09, 2001
Record Alfred Joseph (A.J.) Casson sale - Heffel Gallery - Buy and Sell art   Alfred Joseph (A.J.) Casson
Summer Parade
30 x 36in 76.2 x 91.4cm
oil on board

Estimate:  $60,000 - $80,000 CDN
Sold for:   $153,400 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Spring 2016 - 2nd Session auction on Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Record Alfred Joseph (A.J.) Casson sale - Heffel Gallery - Buy and Sell art   Alfred Joseph (A.J.) Casson
Farm in an Orchard
22 1/8 x 28 1/8in 56.2 x 71.4cm
circa 1948
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $75,000 - $85,000 CDN
Sold for:   $149,500 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Spring 2002 auction on Thursday, May 02, 2002
Record Alfred Joseph (A.J.) Casson sale - Heffel Gallery - Buy and Sell art   Alfred Joseph (A.J.) Casson
Still Morning
24 x 30in 61 x 76.2cm
oil on board

Estimate:  $125,000 - $150,000 CDN
Sold for:   $140,400 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Spring 2011 - 2nd Session auction on Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Record Alfred Joseph (A.J.) Casson sale - Heffel Gallery - Buy and Sell art   Alfred Joseph (A.J.) Casson
Hills in Autumn
30 x 36in 76.2 x 91.4cm
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $90,000 - $120,000 CDN
Sold for:   $129,800 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Spring 2015 - 2nd Session auction on Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Record Alfred Joseph (A.J.) Casson sale - Heffel Gallery - Buy and Sell art   Alfred Joseph (A.J.) Casson
Casson Lake
30 x 46in 76.2 x 116.8cm
1976
oil on canvas

Estimate:  $90,000 - $120,000 CDN
Sold for:   $126,500 CDN (premium included)

At Heffel's Fine Canadian Art Fall 2007 auction on Friday, November 23, 2007
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