Arthur Charles Erickson was born in Vancouver, June 14, 1924, the older of two sons of Oscar Erickson and Myrtle Chatterson, second generation Canadians. Oscar Erickson loved painting and was an accomplished watercolourist. On many outdoor painting excursions, his wife and children would accompany him painting, often though just exploring. Arthur Erickson recalls other nature explorations with his grandmother, listening to her many stories whilst searching for mushrooms and pebbles. At the age of sixteen, he held an exhibition of watercolour paintings that attracted the attention of Lawren Harris, the painter and founder of the Group of Seven. Lawren Harris and his wife became close friends of the Ericksons and influential figures in Arthur's development.
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