John Little was born in Montreal, Quebec. He studied at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts under Arthur Lismer and Goodridge Roberts. Then he went to New-York in 1947 where he studied at the Student’s Art League. It was also there that he worked as an assistant to Ray Bailley on the comic strip “Bruce Gentry”.
After coming back to Montreal in 1949, Little started working as a draughtsman at Luke & Little, his father’s architectural firm while also attempting to do illustrations for the Montreal Star. He got married in 1953 and from then on turned exclusively to painting. During this period he exhibited at the Watson Art Galleries where his street scenes won him great acclaim. He also exhibited at the Spring Exhibitions starting in 1946 and did so in the decades that followed.
In 1961 he was elected an Associate of the Royal Canadian Academy and was made a full member in 1973. During his career he also worked in illustration, particularly for McLean’s Magazine. For the past sixty years, Little has painted street scenes in the greater Montreal area and in Quebec City. He is now known as one of Canada’s premier urban painters. He lives in Montreal.
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