“Old Lumber Dam” by Tom Thomson

  • Old Lumber Dam by Tom Thomson

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Mural Artist: Gerry Lantaigne 2010
Located on site at the Lake of Bays Community Centre
Sponsored by: The Baysville Community Group

This version of Thomson's Old Lumber Dam has been edited from the original sketch panel. It is actually a little wider than it appears in this mural, and is a great example of the portage trail throughout Algonquin Park. Thomson had an uncanny ability to transfer a lot of visual information onto the small, 8 inch by 10 inch wooden panels he carried throughout the park on his sketching trips. This work is not an exception; look at all the information included in the trees and in the water, as well as the the depths of the forest the seem to invite you to walk through the bush.

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  • Address 10 University St, Baysville ON
  • Category Tom Thomson
  • Location Baysville

Artist Name : Tom Thomson

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Tom Thomson (1877-1917) was born in Claremont Ontario, and his family later to moved to Lieth in the Owen Sound area where he grew up. He spent a lot of time outdoors fishing and exploring his natural surroundings and had a keen interest in nature, learning about the native plants and animals of the area. He spent his young adulthood learning and training in business and graphic design, some of which was spent in Seattle, Washington where his brother operated a school of business. He returned to Toronto and got work in a commercial design house and worked under J.E.H. MacDonald. His love of the outdoors never left him, and after being encouraged by his boss and coworkers to take up painting, he ventured into Algonquin Park in 1912 with his paints and wooden panels. This would prove to be the turning point in his artist expression and in the history of Canadian art.

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