GEORGE ALFRED PAGINTON "WINTER STREAM, SOUTHERN ONTARIO" 1930
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- Oil on canvas board
- Sight: 12 x 16 inches
- Undated: 1930
- Condition: excellent
- Provenance: Artist's Estate
- Framed: blue and gold rails with cream linen mat (linen mat needs replacing)
The Artist: George Alfred Paginton (Canadian, 1901-1988)
Inspired by the Canadian landscape like the Group of Seven, George Paginton's direct, truthful and rugged depiction of Canada served him as a personal escape. His intensity of colour and freedom of technique brought out a sense of beauty rarely seen because he preferred to paint for his own enjoyment.
Like many recognized Canadian artists, Paginton became a commercial artist. His skills quickly developed and were rapidly noticed as he landed his first job at Photo Engravers and Electrotypers Ltd., of Toronto. Then, starting in 1927, he began a forty-three year-long and rewarding career at the Toronto Star. As an editorial illustrator, he covered events such as the construction of the Toronto subway and Toronto's City Hall, and the building of the St. Lawrence seaway. He began painting his own work in his free time.
Although roughly twenty years younger, Paginton was closely associated with the Group of Seven and even shared space in the Studio Building where many of the Group of Seven members worked. He became friends with A.Y. Jackson and was a pallbearer along with A.J. Casson at Jackson's funeral.
After his death, his family wanted others to see his love of Canada and they secured representation with Toronto gallerist Odon Wagner where three sold out gallery shows took place from 1999 to 2002, and arranged special exhibitions with numerous museums.
George Paginton's work is held by many esteemed private collectors and as well as public and museum collections across Canada including the Peel Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Hamilton, and the City of Toronto. Paginton's work is also part of the Crown Collection and is hung in the official residences in Ottawa.
The Story: During his lifetime, Paginton rarely exhibited his works. However, in 1987, this painting was shown at Grace Borgenicht Gallery in New York where his work was featured beside some of Canada's most renowned artists: J.W. Beatty, Jack Bush, Lawren Harris, Illingworth Kerr and David Milne in an exhibition titled "Fifty Years of Canadian Landscape Painting: A Selection."
Paginton signed some of his work but largely not at all. Numbers can be found on the backs of most paintings and these are inventory numbers assigned to each work that is listed in a catalogue. This particular work is both signed and listed in the catalogue.
Truly a Canadian landscape painting, George's skill with colour and brushstroke closely connect to his friend and great Canadian artist A.Y. Jackson. This work is from the artist's estate and comes with a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist's son.
Don't miss the exhibition, George Paginton: Painting a Nation, from March to June 2021 at The Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, New Brunswick.
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Item No. CA201804016