John Martin Alfsen was born in Alpena, Michigan. His family moved to Toronto, Canada when he was eleven. He was primarily a figurative artist whose mediums were oils, chalk and pastels ( he also studied sculpture). The subjects of his paintings and drawings were portraits, landscapes, nudes and circus life. Some of the artists he admired were Renoir, Michelangelo, Courbet, Poussin, Corot and Cezanne, whose influence is evident in many of his oil portraits.
He attended the University of Toronto, The Ontario College Of Art, The Academy of Fine Arts ( Antwerp), Academie Grande Chaumiere (Paris), and The Art Students League (New York). His teachers included Arthur Lismer, Frederick Varley, J.E.H. Macdonal
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