J.W. Beatty R.C.A.

Birches, Bowmanville, Ontario, 1928

oil on board
10x13.75 in.
$12,500 Cdn.

Winchester Galleries, Victoria;
Masters Gallery Ltd., Calgary;
Private collection, Edmonton

In the early 1920s, Beatty became the Acting Principal of the Ontario College of Art. Like many of
his contemporaries, his career as an educator kept his sketching trips close to home and over the weekends. It was during this period where the sunlit woods of Ontario became prominent in his work, and as we can see in Birches, Bowmanville, he became an expert in rendering the dappled effects of light in the trees. Always an intensely productive artist, Beatty’s production slowed down considerably in 1926 when he was diagnosed with cancer. Though seriously ill, the panels he did produce held the same attention to detail and refined quality that his earlier works, as we can see in Birches, Bowmanville, Ontario.

(1869-1941) Born in Toronto, Ontario , Beatty, quit school early to work as a house painter and engraver. He became a fireman in Toronto and married Caroline Cormack who was inspirational in his development as an artist. He studied under J.W.L. Forster, George A. Reid, F.M. Bell-Smith and William Cruikshank…