“Petawawa Gorges” by Tom Thomson

  • Petawawa Gorges by Tom Thomson

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Mural Artist: Olaf Schneider 2007
Located on site at Algonquin Outfitters
Sponsored by: The Huntsville BIA

This sketch by Thomson is an accurate depiction of the Petawawa Gorges on the north east side of Algonquin Park. The drawing itself is an excellent representation of the geography of the area. The colour is right out of the genius mind of Thomson, and his interpretive skills as a creative colourist. Notice the single purple brush stroke in the lower right. This is a non real colour from the scene he painted, but it acts as an anchor and stabilizer in the painting. It holds the viewers eye and pulls you to look in that area of the canvas. It is simply brilliant.

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  • Address 86 Main St E, Huntsville ON
  • Category Tom Thomson
  • Location Huntsville

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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