Tom Hodgson

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Thomas Hodgson
Thomas Sherlock Hodgson

(1924-06-05)June 5, 1924
DiedFebruary 27, 2006(2006-02-27) (aged 81)
Peterborough, Ontario
Education Central Technical School (1939–1943); Ontario College of Art (1945–1946)
Known for Painter
Movement Painters Eleven
Spouse(s)Wilma Stein, married (1947–1968); Catherine Good, married 1978

Thomas Hodgson RCA (June 5, 1924 [1] – February 27, 2006) was a Canadian sprint canoer who competed in the 1950s, and also one of the acclaimed Canadian artists known as Painters Eleven. Competing in two Summer Olympics, he earned his best finish of eighth in the C-2 1000 m event at Helsinki in 1952. [2]



Prior to the Olympics, Hodgson served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II. He started painting as a child. Hodgson began working in advertising from 1948 to 1967 but at the same time, experimented as an artist, making watercolours and joining art societies such as the Ontario Society of Artists, the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, the Canadian Group of Painters and the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour. [1] [3] By the early 1950s, he was experimenting with abstraction, and was invited to join Painters Eleven.


His work is characterized by a large format, in bold colours and strokes of paint. [4] One critic calls him the consummate gestural painter of the Eleven, gutsy and aggressive but finally, lyrical. [5] He thought of abstraction as abstracting a feeling or memory of something rather than a record of nature. [6] From 1968 to 1973, he taught at the Ontario College of Art. Afterwards, he taught at Art`s Space in Toronto. [7]

A native of Toronto, he died in Peterborough of Alzheimer's disease on February 27, 2006. [2] [8]

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  1. 1 2 Bradfield, Helen (1970). Art Gallery of Ontario: the Canadian Collection Collection. Toronto: McGraw Hill. ISBN   0070925046 . Retrieved 2021-04-02.
  2. 1 2 "Tom Hodgson". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on April 18, 2020. Retrieved October 14, 2018.
  3. Nowell 2011, p. 5.
  4. Nowell 2011, p. 7.
  5. Nasgaard 2008, p. 106.
  6. Murray, Joan (1979). Painters Eleven in Retrospect. Oshawa: Robert McLaughlin Gallery. p. 13. Retrieved 2020-05-12.
  7. Nowell 2011, p. 9.
  8. "Tom Hodgson Obituary" (PDF). Toronto Star, March 1, 2006. Retrieved 2021-04-02.


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