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Item Name: Painting
Title: Mount Royal
Maker: George Campbell Tinning
Year: 1963
Country: Canadian
Materials: watercolour; paper
Measurements: overall: 15 1/2 in x 22 in
ID Number: PC2015.2
Legal Status: PERMANENT COLLECTION


Extended Label Info: Donated as a set by Robert and Elizabeth Bowes, this landscape is part of a series painted by G.C. Tinning during his later years in Montreal. Representative of his mature style, the loose and airy landscape represents Tinnings’ interest in the growth of abstraction in the Twentieth Century following a trip to the MOMA in New York, in 1962. In this series, Tinning explores creating a sense of space with colour, a loose, calligraphic brushstroke and quick washes of paint on wet paper. 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.