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Tom Hodgson

“Abstract Expressionism”

An Exhibition of Abstract Expressionist Art.

Celebrated Canadian Artist, Tom Hodgson

Abstract expressionist artist and member of the famed Painters Eleven Tom Hodgson will be headlining a new exhibit at the Gallery on the Lake in Buckhorn, Ontario. It will be an exciting exhibition of works by the distinguished Canadian artist, featuring a selection of his paintings from the sixties to nineties.

The paintings showcase a selection of his large abstract work, as well as watercolours and a portfolio of pastel nudes. The masterful use of colour that Tom Hodgson was known for will be on full display with this exhibit. All of the works to be featured in the exhibit are works owned by Hodgson’s children Rand and Lise.

The show’s opening will take place on Saturday August 1st, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm, and will remain open for display and purchase until September 4th

Artist Bio

Born on Toronto’s Centre Island, Tom Hodgson (1924-2006) first attended Central Technical School and then the Ontario College of Art. He first exhibited with the Ontario Society of Art the year of his graduation 1946, and then took a job as an advertising art director while dividing his spare time between art and paddling. A serious athlete since his high school days, he was a member of Canada’s Olympic paddling team in 1952 and again in 1956. He took his painting just as seriously and had his first two one man shows in 1953, at the Picture Loan Society and Hart House.

As a member of the Painters Eleven (1953-1960), Hodgson was one of the first to begin painting on large canvases. His rich use of colours such as pink, orange, and blue were masterful.

Tom Hodgson’s Paintings evolved steadily through the eighties. During much of the previous decade he had perused a very radical approach in what he called “process works.” These were loose collage-like paintings on pieces of unstretched canvas and other material, the various bits attached to a support with clamps or pegs, that the viewer was invited to ‘re-compose’ at will. He began these while teaching at the Ontario College of Art (1968-73). Hodgson’s paintings during the eighties returned to stretch canvas, which he worked up with acrylic and oil, in layers of varying density, with both loose and more deliberately articulated drawn forms. These have been called ‘atmospheric’, which perfectly captures their limitless depth, enhanced by Hodgson’s remarkable colour sense. He had continued to teach after leaving the Ontario College of Art, first at some of the artist-run schools in the city and then in his own studio, and he exhibited regularly, if not frequently, with commercial galleries up until February 1985. It has been remarked that he was withdrawing somewhat from the art community at this time, and in fact he had no commercial shows for the next seven years, though he continued to paint with imaginative vigour nonetheless.

Hodgson exhibited the first signs of health issues in the late eighties, and he moved to a farm near Hastings, East of Peterborough Ontario in 1990. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease a few years later, but was still able to produce enough new works for another show which was held at the Christopher Coutts Gallery in 1995.

Hodgson’s health continued to deteriorate, and in 2001 he moved into a nursing home, where he stayed until he passed away five years later.

The Gallery on the Lake is honoured to present this pioneer of “Abstract Expressionism” .

The exhibit opens August 1 and continues to September 4.


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