Arthur Gresham

Near Lake Simcoe, Arther Gresham, watercolour on paper, 980.03.01

Ontario Barns, Arthur Gresham, watercolour on paper, 980.03.02

Arthur Gresham, 1891 - 1984

Born: Sheffield, England 1891

Died: Victoria, BC 1984

Donation to the Art Gallery by Mr. and Mrs. Evan G. Mitchell (The artist's nephew)

Arthur Gresham was born in Sheffield, England. He arrived in Toronto in April 1911, and studied at the Ontario College of Art. Gresham first exhibited with the Ontario Society of Artists in 1923 and with the Royal Canadian Academy in 1924 with two subjects in watercolours.

Except for the year 1928, when he exhibited 3 etchings with the Graphic Arts Exhibition, Gresham exhibited every year from 1923 to 1935 with either the RCA or OSA or both. He has exhibited by invitation at the National Gallery, Ottawa; The Manor Richelieu, Murray Bay, Quebec; The Canadian National Exhibition, Toronto; St. Catherines, Ontario; Jarvis Collegiate Institute, Toronto; and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

He was a member of the Canadian Society of Graphic Art for fourteen years; held office as treasurer, secretary, and vice-president, and later resigned in 1934. Gresham was on the Board of Governors of the Ontario College of Art for a few years in the early thirties.

Arthur Gresham was represented in the Cofederation Art Gallery, Charlottetown, PEI, a portrait in oil.Jarvis Collegiate Institute collection of Canadian Art- two landscapes in oil. The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria - a portrait in oil and three landscapes in oil.

"Painted oils and watercolours. Most subjects are Ontario scenes latterly Vancouver Island and Western Canada scenes. Was equally qualified in still life and portraiture. Trained in the Ontario College of Art his work is in the collection of the Ontario Art Gallery, the Victoria Art Gallery and numerous private collectors. On occasion did sketching trips with some members of the Group of Seven. Was art director 1920 to 1934 for Eaton's of Canada." --- Information provide by Evan Mitchel, the artist's nephew.