Tom Thomson (1877–1917) is one of the greatest artists Canada ever produced, yet much of his life remains shrouded in mystery. He began as an itinerant engraver and became a successful commercial artist, then in 1909 found himself surrounded by a group of talented and ambitious artists, who would go on to form the Group of Seven. He soon emerged as a gifted and innovative painter, and although his career as an artist lasted a scant five years, his legacy endures. For more on Tom Thomson read David P. Silcox’s Tom Thomson: Life & Work.
David P. Silcox has written numerous art books and co-founded important arts festivals and events. He has held numerous positions, including acting as the first Arts Officer for the Canada Council; as Ontario Deputy Minister, Culture; and as President of Sotheby’s Canada. Currently Chairman of Canadian Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, Silcox has served on the boards of over thirty cultural organizations. He has received the Order of Canada, two honorary doctorates, the Governor General’s Visual Arts Award; and he has been a Senior Fellow at Massey College since 1991.