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Artist Steven, Arthur
Title Puffin Island, Cornwall
Accession # 001.20.258
Object Type painting
Date 1978
Medium acrylic
Support canvas
Dimensions H-30 W-46 cm
Description Arthur Steven was Canadian artist from London, Ontario. At a young age, Steven enlisted to serve in the R.C.A.F. in the 429 Bomber Squadron based in Yorkshire, England and was later to join the Fighter Command of 421 Squadron on the Continent. Upon decommissioning in 1945, Steven applied and was immediately accepted into the Ontario College of Art (OCA) in Toronto, and started classes while still in uniform, like many in his year.

Biographical Information:

In the years following the War, the College was full of ex-servicemen of all ranks, most on a veteran's allowance. Those years at OCA were an experience for both teacher and student; the servicemen adjusting to peacetime, and the teachers to rambunctious adults. Steven spent five years at the College studying life drawing, painting, design, illustration, and commercial work.
Puffin Island, Cornwall and Fog on the Fundy are two works that span over twenty years between Steven's practice, with one depicting a Canadian park, and the other a British shore. In both these works, Steven chooses to focus on the peaceful, tranquil, and scenic attributes of his experiences, suggesting that these scenes depict a quiet post-war landscape.