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Item Name: Painting
Title: Near Beaver Lake on Mount Royal
Maker: George Campbell Tinning
Year: 1962
Country: Canadian
Materials: watercolour
Measurements: overall: 15 1/2 in x 22 1/4 in
ID Number: PC2015.3
Legal Status: PERMANENT COLLECTION


Extended Label Info: Donated by Robert and Elizabeth Bowes, this landscape is part of a series painted by G.C. Tinning during his later years in Montreal. This work, from 1962 is from the same year that Tinning visited the MOMA in New York and represents a transition between his earlier representational style and his later, more abstract work. In this work, Tinning’s brushstrokes are looser, but his use of colour and representation of space are quite realistic. As his experimentation with abstraction developed, Tinning’s work became more colourful and calligraphic. George Campbell (Cam) Tinning, RCA (1910 – 1996) was a painter, graphic designer, and muralist. Born in Saskatoon, Tinning studied locally at Regina Collage, and internationally at the Art Students’ League in New York. Tinning was an early member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour along with Frank Carmichael, Arthur Lismer, and CW Jeffries. In World War II Tinning enlisted with the Black Watch Royal Highland Regiment, and in 1943 was appointed an official war artist. After the war, Tinning established his studio in Montreal, and as travel illustrator, painted in every Canadian province, the United States, Jamaica, Italy, France, England, and Scotland. His artwork is held in numerous public and private collections, including an extensive set of over 500 watercolours in the Canadian War Museum.