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Convocation date: November 17, 1962
Discipline / contribution: art
Citation / biographical information:
Eminent Chancellor I am privileged and honored to present Alexander Young Jackson, C.M.G.; L.L.D., Artist and Landscape Painter to this Convocation1 A.Y. Jackson is a Canadian, born in Montreal, trained in Canada, United States and in Paris who returned to his native land despite the fact that there was little support for the artists there. His career was interrupted while he served in the infantry during the first world war but was later appointed as official artist with the Canadian War Memorials.Degree received: Doctor of Laws
For over half a century he has travelled extensively in most parts of Canada, interpreting its vast and often rugged aspects to the people at home and abroad. Mr. Jackson was probably the first to conceive the idea of a school of painting in Canada that would recognize the wealth of material around us and interpret it in a new and exciting way. He was one of those responsible for the formation of the Group of Seven whose work, in spite of opposition and disparagement of many critics and members of the public, resulted in the liberation of Canadian painters from the domination of Old World styles and caused the first real excitement among people at home and abroad about the development of art in Canada. As a result of the work of this group we now have a legacy of painting that is one of Canada’s proud cultural possessions.
As Canadians we are proud that many of his fine pictures are hanging in some of the great art galleries of the world and we owe him an unpayable debt of gratitude for his contribution to our culture. The many reproductions of his paintings have made them familiar to us all and as a result have become a symbol of Canadian art for most Canadians, It is fitting that A.Y. Jackson should be honored here in Western Canada at this time when a lively development in the Arts is occurring here. Had it not been for the stimulus and contribution of people like him a quarter of a century ago, we would not be enjoying the upsurge of art in Canada to-day that s becoming evident not only in the east but in the west as well.
Eminent Chancellor on behalf of the Council and Senate of this University I present to you Alexander Young Jackson, Artist, Landscape Painter and Interpreter of Canada and ask that you confer on him the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa.
Degree presented by: W.A. Riddell, Principal, University of Saskatchewan Regina Campus
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