David Silcox, art historian and cultural administrator, will present the story and work of Tom Thomson. He will explain how Thomson’s greatest legacy is The Group of Seven, what his innovations were, how his bipolar behaviour was described by friends, and how he was moving inexorably toward abstraction in the year before he died. Hosted by Lewis DeSoto.
This event is part of Ontario Day.
Ontario Day has been financially assisted by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund a program of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation.
Lewis DeSoto‘s latest novel is The Restoration Artist. An artist as well as a writer, he has exhibited his paintings across Canada. A former editor of the Literary Review of Canada, DeSoto has published essays and short stories in numerous journals, and he was awarded the Books in Canada/Writers’ Union Short Prose Award. His novel, A Blade of Grass, was nominated for the Man Booker Prize, the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize and the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. He is also the author of a biography of Emily Carr, part of the Extraordinary Canadians series.
David Silcox is the bestselling author of The Group of Seven and Tom Thomson, as well as an art historian and a cultural administrator. Former President of Sotheby’s Canada, he is a Senior Fellow at Massey College, University of Toronto. He served as Associate Dean and Professor, Faculty of Fine Arts, York University, and has served on the boards of over thirty cultural and educational organizations across Canada and abroad. Silcox is known for his extensive writings on Canadian artists, including David Milne, Emily Carr, Christopher Pratt, Jack Bush, the Group of Seven and Iain Baxter.