“The Canoe” by Tom Thomson

  • The Canoe by Tom Thomson

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Mural Artist: Gerry Lantaigne Community Mural – 2014
Located on site at Wayne Simpson & Associates, Portage Productions
Sponsored by: Wayne Simpson & Associates, Portage Productions and The BIA

This piece is a sketch by Tom Thomson of his canoe that articulates his abilities as an accurate painter of reality. The whole painting is designed to make the canoe the focal point. An interesting fact – the building lot where this painting is located was the original home of Tom's girlfriend Winnifred Trainor where he would have visited many times. It is also said that Tom painted her living room while he was alive, and that she never ever repainted it again after he died. She remained single the rest of her life and lived here until she died in 1962.

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  • Address 11 Centre St S, 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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