“The Jack Pine” by Tom Thomson

  • The Jack Pine by Tom Thomson

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Mural Artist: Gerry Lantaigne and Paul Meyers 1997
Located on site at Kent Park
Sponsored by: Paul Meyers

This is one of the most famous and iconic paintings in the history of Canadian art. It was one of the first times an artist had painted the rugged scenery of the Canadian north, and when it first appeared in public it was well received. This depiction of the rugged Canadian wilderness was to become the main theme and subject matter for the Group of Seven in the years to come. Here we see Tom Thomson experimenting with brush stroke techniques and subtle colour choices. This specific tree was said to have been painted on Lake Acray in Algonquin Park, and is said to have only fallen over a few years ago.

Fittingly so, this was the first mural made in the Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery.

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  • Address 4 Brunel Rd, 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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