In 1926 Casson was invited to join the Group to replace Franz JOHNSTON who had shown only in the group's first exhibition (1920). He also bought his first car and began exploring villages near Toronto. Ontario small towns, particularly places such as Elora and Alton, were to become his preferred subjects. Casson's style always retained what Harris had talked to him about - simplification and the elimination of all nonessentials. This quality in his work culminated in Country Store (1945), the start of his so-called period of abstraction.
Casson worked for many years as the chief designer for the printing firm of Simpson Matthews, which specialized in screen printing. His contributions to the history of graphic design in Canada were considerable.
A prominent member of Canada's artistic community, Casson served as president of the ROYAL CANADIAN ACADEMY OF ARTS (1948-52), president of the Ontario Society of Artists (1941-44) and served on several boards, including the Art Gallery of Toronto (now the ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO 1955-59). A modest man, he is remembered for his support of other artists and charitable organizations and his generosity in assisting students and scholars.
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