Toronto's Historical Plaques
Learn a little of Toronto's history as told through its plaques
Photos by Alan L Brown - Posted September, 2006
Plaque coordinates: 43.679872 -79.417645
R. York Wilson R.C.A., O.S.A. achieved international acclaim during his long and active career. Born in Toronto, he first exhibited his paintings in 1931 and had more than 70 solo exhibitions.
Influenced by international travel and study, his paintings evolved from figuration to abstraction. He pioneered art advances in Canada while gaining critical commendation abroad.
In 1981 the prestigious Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy, invited Wilson to paint his self-portrait. His work is included in public, corporate and private collections throughout the world.
Some of Wilson's twelve Canadian mural compositions are well known in Toronto. These include: The History of Oil (1957) in the Imperial Oil Building; The Seven Lively Arts (1960) in the Hummingbird Centre; Ontario (1968), in the Macdonald Block at Queen's Park.
The Toronto architect John B. Layng designed this house at 41 Alcina Avenue for York and Lela Wilson. The unusual design, which incorporates the artist's studio, is a significant example of modern architecture in Toronto.
Posted November 20, 2011
Anybody know more about the architect. Other projects he has designed
Posted April 29, 2009
York Wilson is the most underrated Modern artist in Canada; his paintings are amazing and should be fetching tens of thousands of dollars in galleries. Fantastic house: butterfly roofs are very rare in Toronto!
Dave LeBlanc, "The Architourist", Globe & Mail Real Estate
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