Arthur was born in Melville Cove on the Northwest Arm in Halifax. He showed a talent for drawing and painting while he was young and later went to study at Saint Mary’s University and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax. While Arthur continued to paint, he worked in the Dockyard in order to support his family. Like so many of the young Canadian artists who came to maturity in the middle years of the 20th century, Arthur was strongly influenced by the members of the Group of Seven, with their emphasis on painting the rugged Canadian landscape en-plein-air, like the French Impressionists.
Arthur would go out to paint the rocky Nova Scotia landscape together with his paint box, easel, and a number of wood panels already prepped with gesso. He was a productive painter, but his career was cut short by his untimely death in an automobile accident at the age of 57.
The paintings have been selected from the collection of Arthur’s work that has been held by his family for the past 35 years. The exhibition includes some of the best work that Arthur produced and it is important to bring the work onto the market as a reminder of the quality of this talented artist’s work.