“The Drive” by Tom Thomson

  • log drive close up

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Mural Artist: Ron Murdoch 2009
Located on site at Don's Junk Shop
Sponsored by: Ron Murdoch's Spruce Bog Studio

During the early days of Algonquin Park's history, and to this day for that matter, logging has been a key industry in the park. Tom Thomson chronicled this activity in many sketches and actually followed the log drives down the rivers in the spring to document the action. In this piece, you can see two workers on top of the dam. Notice how Thomson used the logs in the foreground to push the viewers eye toward those workers and dam itself. 

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  • Address 2831 Hwy 60, Dwight ON
  • Category Tom Thomson
  • Location Dwight

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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