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The Collector's Gallery - Fine Canadian Art

York Wilson
Ronald York Wilson
RCA,ALC,CGP,OSA(1907 - 1984)

Born in Toronto, Ontario, York Wilson studied at the Central Technical School, Toronto (1920-1922); at the Ontario College of Art, Toronto; and at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan. York worked as a commercial artist and illustrator (1924-1949) before turning to painting full time in 1950. Working in oil, acrylic, watercolour, ink, charcoal, gouache, mixed media, silkscreen, lithography and Lucite, his subjects include the female nude, figures, abstraction and landscape. His style evolved from social satire (1940s) to semi-abstract works (1950s) to a lyrical abstraction (1960s). He later turned to nonrepresentational work and created a geometric series in 1966-1971.He is also known for his mosaic murals located in universities, hospitals, and office buildings. Both York and his wife Lela traveled extensively around the world including across Canada - east to west, the N.W.T.'s, Mexico, Spain, Italy, Morocco, France, Belgium, The Caribbean, Switzerland, Austria, Hawaii, England, United States, Canary Islands,Greece, Guatemala, Turkey, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Bali,Cambodia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, India, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Israel, Cyprus, and Japan. York Continuously drew and painted during his travels and received numerous write-ups in the media about his work both at home and internationally. He was President of the OSA (1946-1948). York's work has been exhibited around the world. He exhibited extensively with The Ontario Society of Artists, the Royal Canadian Academy from 1941-1971, and Montreal Museum of Fine Arts from 1931-1963.

Selected Collections
Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen's University, Kingston, ON
Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, NS
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, BC
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON
Art Gallery of Windsor, Windsor, ON
Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Fredericton, NB
Dijon Museum, Dijon, France
Hart House, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
Museum London, London, ON
Musee d'Art Contemporain, Montreal, QC
Musee National des Beaux-arts du Quebec, Quebec City, QC
Museo del Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City, Mexico
McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Kleinburg, ON
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, QC
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ON
Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, ON
Owens Art Gallery, Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB
Robert McLaughlin Art Gallery, Oshawa, ON
Sarnia Public Library and Art Gallery, Sarnia, ON
Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery, Owen Sound, ON
Uffizi Gallery, Italy
Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BC

Selected Commissions
Sony Centre For Preforming Arts (formaly the O'Keefe Centre)1958-60 Toronto, ON
Bell Canada, 1965  Toronto, ON
Dow Corning, 1964 Toronto, ON
Imperial Oil 1954-7, Toronto, ON
Government of Ontario at Queen's Park,1968 Toronto, ON
Port Arthur Hospital 1963-4, Port Arthur, ON
Carlton University, Ottawa, Ontario
Salvation Army Mural, 1955, Toronto, ON
Central Hospital, 1970 Toronto, ON
Simpson-Sears, 1973 Toronto, ON