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Arthur John Ensor
Dates: Canadian, 1905 - 1995
Biographical Account:

Arthur John Ensor was a British-Canadian painter. He was born in Wales but moved to Canada when he was young. He went to study at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, Italy.


He then returned to England where he studied at the Polytechnic School of Art in London and then to the Royal College of Art before graduating from the University of London with a Diploma in Mural Painting and in Art History.


He then went on to work as an artist for the Empire Marketing Board in London and in 1935 became an industrial designer for Imperial Chemical Industries, Plastics Division.


From the beginning of the Second World War until 1946 he was a part time Official War Artist for the Ministry of Information. He mainly worked in pencil and watercolour, documenting the training of troops, of aircraft, the south coast defences and other war efforts.


He returned to Canada after the war in 1947, where he established his own business ‘Ensor Industrial Design Association’ and became a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Art.


He died in 1995, in Ottawa.

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