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R. York Wilson (1907-1984) began a successful career as an artist at Brigden’s and Sampson-Matthews, where he worked with Frank Carmichael and A.J. Casson. In the 1930s he became a full-time fine artist. Wilson travelled regularly to Mexico, Asia, the Middle East, and Paris. He had over 50 solo shows.

Selected Collections

  • Lord Thompson of Fleet, for his office in Timmins (1940)
  • McGill University, Montreal (1954)
  • The Salvation Army Headquarters, Toronto (1955)
  • The Imperial Oil Building, Toronto (1957)
  • The O’Keefe Centre, Toronto (1959)
  • General Hospital, Thunder Bay (1965)
  • Dow Corning Ltd., Toronto (1965)
  • Bell Canada, Toronto (1965)
  • Ontario Government Complex (1968)
  • Carleton University, Ottawa (1970)
  • Central Hospital, Toronto (1970)
  • Simpson-Sears Tapestry, Toronto (1973)

Selected Solo Shows

  • World’s Fair, New York (1939)
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (1947)
  • Excelsior, Mexico (1949)
  • Carenegie International, Pittsburgh (1952)
  • Museo Municipal de Santa Cruz, Tenerife, Spain (1952)
  • Canadian Biennials National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa (1957, 1961, 1963)
  • Geneva, Switzerland (1957)
  • Rome, Italy (1958)
  • L’Art au Canada Bordeaux, France (1962)
  • Bienal do Museo de Arte Moderna Sao Paolo (1963)
  • London, England (1963)
  • Main Gallery Musee Galliera, Paris (1963)
  • Confrontation Salon International Dijon, France (1964)
  • Rose Fried Gallery, New York (1968)
  • Palacio Bellas Artes, Mexico (1969)
  • Birta Museum, India (1970)
  • Musee Beaux Arts, Le Havre (1970)