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Tom Thomson


Famous Canadian Artist Tom Thomson raised near Owen Sound. He grew up on the east shore of the bay, just a few kilometres north of Owen Sound in Leith.

In his short career, he produced nearly 400 oil sketches and 50 larger works on canvas. His work was almost entirely landscapes of trees, skies, lakes, and rivers. His work consisted of broad brush strokes and a liberal application of paint to capture the colour and beauty of the Ontario landscapes he set to recreate.

Owen Sound has a gallery named after Tom called the Tom Thomson Art Gallery. The Gallery houses a nationally significant collection of Thomson works and artifacts.


Don’t forget to visit Leith to fill the atmosphere where Tom grew up. He was buried in the village of Leith.


Although Tom died tragically shortly before the formation of the “Group of Seven”, he is considered to be a part of it as he had a significant influence on the group. His most famous piece is The Jack Pine which can be seen at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa.

Photo: Jay Smith / Rjsbird287, CC BY-SA 3.0


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