George Pepper

George Pepper

Born: February 25, 1903

Died: October 1, 1962

George Douglas Pepper was a Canadian artist. Born in Ottawa, he studied with J.E.H. MacDonalnd and J.W. Beatty in Toronto, going on to study at the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris. He was strongly influenced by the Group of Seven. Pepper was an official war artist during World War II. He married artist Kathleen Daly in 1929. The couple visited the eastern Arctiv in 1960 to study Inuit art. Pepper taught at the Ontario College of Art and the Banff School of Fine Arts. He was a founding member of the Canadian Group of Painters in 1933. In 1957, he was named to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. In 1954 he was one of eighteen Canadian artists commissioned by the Canadian Pacific Railway to paint a mural for the interior of one of the new Park cars entering service on the new Canadian transcontinental train. Each of the murals depicted a different national or provincial park; Pepper's was Kootenay National Park.

Pepper died in Toronto at the age of 59.

His work appears in the collections of the Canadian War Museum, the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the South African National Gallery, and the Musee d'art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul.