Tom Thomson was born in Claremont, Ontario. He studied at Chatham Commercial School and also attended his older brother, George Thomson's business school in Seattle. He worked at a lithography firm in Seattle until moving back to Toronto and finding a job at Grip Ltd. There he met fellow artists J.E.H. MacDonald, Franklin Carmichael, Arthur Lismer and Frederick Varley. They later became close friends and painting companions with Lawren S. Harris and A.Y. Jackson who had all went on to forming the Group of Seven in 1920. Tom Thomson would have been included in the group had he not had an untimely and mysterious death in 1917 when he was staying on Canoe Lake in Algonquin Park. He was a very skilled painter. Most of his subject matter takes place in northern Ontario, his favourite sites were located in Algonquin Park.
Tom Thomson Northern Lights, silkscreen, 20'' x27'' Printed by Sampson Matthews Ltd. in the 1940's