“White Birch Grove” by Tom Thomson

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Mural Artist: John Hood 2007
Located on site at the Algonquin Theatre
Sponsored by: The Town of Huntsville and The BIA

This magical creation by Tom Thomson highlights his incredible use of colour. Notice how very little of the snow is actually white, and how the white birch grove is anything but white. Take a look at the subtlety of the variations of the colours in the background and also in the lake. As a side note, John Hood, the artist who painted this mural, decided to use a plastic fast food knife to recreate this piece, pointing out that it helped him imitate the brush strokes.

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  • Address 37 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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