Pori, Finland 1896, came to Canada at eight years old and settled in Toronto.
1940 (44 Yeas old)
OCA summer school in Port Hope under J.W. Beatty
Kulmala wanted to paint full time, in order to support is painting he managed a fur business.He had a home in Muskoka where he spent his summer painting. Close to his death he bought 40 acres of land on Lake Rosseau where he planned to create a retreat for city artists.
President of the Toronto Finnish Artist’s Group
Member of the OSA
One of his paintings was exhibited at Wembley and another was exhibited at the World’s Fair in New York.
exhibited his work in Ontario, New York and England
KULMALA, George Arthur
Born in Pori, Finland, he came to Canada with his parents when he was eight years of age and they settled in Toronto. He attended Cottingham Street School, Toronto, where he showed a talent for drawing and painting and soon caught the attention of his teachers. He later attended the Ontario College of Art summer school at Port Hope under J.W. Beatty. It was his hope to spend all his time as a professional painter but in order to make a living he conducted a fur business. He spent many of his summers painting at his summer home in Muskoka, and a few years before his death bought forty acres of land near Lake Rosseau where he had planned to make a retreat for city artists. One of his paintings was exhibited at Wembley, another at the World's Fair in New York. He was president of the Toronto Finnish Artists' Group and a member of the Ontario Society of Artists. Kulmala died at the young age of 44 and was survived by his wife Hulda Harkin Kulmala and one daughter Aileen. His work was noted by the Globe & Mail as follows, Mr. Kulmala was a frequent exhibitor not only in Ontario, but also in England and in New York. A painter of colorful landscapes he chose for many of his subjects studies in Northern Ontario and numerous snow scenes.
Colin S. MacDonald
A Dictionary of Canadian Artists, volumes 1-8 by Colin S. MacDonald, and volume 9 (online only), by Anne Newlands and Judith Parker
National Gallery of Canada / Musée des beaux-arts du Canada