Toronto Artist, David Crighton

Flatiron Building Toronto Framed on White Brick Wall | Totally Toronto Art
Flatiron Building Toronto by David Crighton

David was born in Edmonton, Alberta, in the year 1953. His father was an Anglican minister, and he and his wife had four children together. David was always drawing and colouring, particularly cartoons, as a child. His siblings, too, possessed a remarkable talent for the arts.

David wasn’t the best student in the class. In Grade 10, his guidance counsellor suggested that he attend a trade school. David already knew about Central Technical Trade School and the fact that it had a very respected Fine Arts Department. So that is where he decided to go for grades 11 and 12. As a result, his education and immersion in the world of art marked the beginning of something monumental!

Fifty years of Toronto Art

The teacher offered the pupils various assignments during his tenure at Central Tech. But one task, in particular, stuck out for David. The teacher instructed his students to locate and draw a structure. David’s drawing below served as the primary basis for his 50-year career as an accomplished artist.
Ink & Pencil David Crighton, a Canadian artist, created a drawing of a Victorian residence in 1973.
David drew a Victorian mansion in Yorkville that he had uncovered. His aunt fell in love with this charming illustration, and when she offered to buy it from him, David’s eyes lit up.
After graduation, David worked for a short time at an advertising agency after graduating from high school. However, the structure required to stay in that industry was too much for his free spirit to bear. So he took a chance and put his entire heart and soul into establishing a life for himself.

Pen & Ink Drawing of Victorian House circa 1973, Toronto Artist David Crighton

David drew a Victorian mansion in Yorkville that he had uncovered. His aunt fell in love with this charming illustration, and when she offered to buy it from him, David’s eyes lit up.

After graduation, David worked for a short time at an advertising agency after graduating from high school. However, the structure required to stay in that industry was too much for his free spirit to bear. So he took a chance and put his entire heart and soul into establishing a life for himself.

Toronto Artist, David Crighton circa 1973

He was a founding artist at Toronto’s One of a Kind Show, the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibit, the CNE Show, and many other events. Like his entertaining personality, his art is recognizable by many Torontonians simply because it is everywhere. Totally Toronto Art’s customers LOVE to tell stories of where and when they bought their first “David Crighton” artwork. They are like proud parents.

Throughout the year, he and his wife Laura worked hard to bring a diverse inventory of art prints, posters, notecards, magnets, and other one-of-a-kind gifts of his talent. David has a very charming personality and, As a result, his booth was often voted “most popular” at these events.
Totally Toronto Art aims to be a complement to David and Laura’s long-term efforts.

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Written by Pamela Johnston, Owner Totally Toronto Art

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Originally published at https://totallytorontoart.com on March 15, 2022.

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