1909 - 2001 RCA
Born in Toronto in 1909, "Archie" Arbuckle was a revered educator at the Ontario College of Art (O.C.A.), leaving an indelible mark on numerous fortunate students. His spouse, fellow artist Frances Ann Johnston, hailed from a creative lineage, as her father, Frank Johnston, stood as a founding member of the Group of Seven. Arbuckle himself, during his youth, was a pupil at O.C.A., enrolling in 1927 at the age of 22. He received instruction from notable mentors such as J.E.H. MacDonald, Fred S. Haines, J.W. Beatty, Arthur Lismer, and Frank H. Johnston, garnering scholarships and honors throughout his two years of study.
In 1930, Arbuckle embarked on establishing his own studio. His contributions earned him admission to the Ontario Society of Artists in 1933 and to the Association of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 1936, ultimately achieving full membership in 1943. While predominantly rooted in Toronto, he temporarily resided in Montreal from 1940 to 1958.
Arbuckle's artistic prowess shone through a distinctive and original style, crafting potent and unique interpretations of the Canadian urban and natural landscapes. Notably, his talents extended beyond the canvas, encompassing historical illustrations for the Hudson’s Bay Company and cover artwork for approximately 100 editions of MacLean’s magazine. Today, collectors seeking exceptional Canadian art and enduring value find allure in his creations. Archie Arbuckle's journey concluded in 2001 at the age of 92.