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Frederick H. Varley, Stormy Weather, Georgian Bay

Frederick H. Varley, Stormy Weather, Georgian Bay, 20 x 24 x 1 inches, by Georgia Youngs, $3200

The Group of Seven and Tom Thomson, 1920 – 1933

Over one hundred years ago, a group of Canadian men who were working for a publishing house in Toronto, Ontario all had a passion to paint landscapes. Through the years they would travel for weeks into the Canadian wilderness and paint our rugged country. In 1920, they had their first art show in Toronto naming themselves the Group of Seven and Tom Thomson. The reason Tom Thomson’s name is singled out is because he had an untimely accident and died a few years before they had their official show. To honour him his name is added on to the Group’s official name as he was very influential in helping them all find their creative ways in capturing the Canadian landscape. This group of men and their iconic images, like the one on this page, have become internationally known and celebrated not only here in Canada but around the world.

In January 2020, upon hearing the news it was the 100th anniversary of the Group of Seven and Tom Thomson, I knew immediately I wanted to create a Tribute project to celebrate it. I decided to replicate 20 of their paintings.

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Then COVID 19 hit in March and I was in isolation. Copying their iconic images became the saving grace that helped me through the long five months of my isolation. Once completed, my dreams and hopes were that the collection would be seen by more than my students and friends. I decided that using a video, rather than an email and still photos, would better tell my story, and also showcase the paintings I replicated.

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My hope was that organizations and public galleries would see the value of using my Project/ collection as a way to encourage local folks to come through their doors. Not only is it a great collection in celebration of the Group of Seven and Tom Thomson’s 100th Anniversary, but it is also a story how one person used the anniversary to survive through the long months of isolation.

Both stories are meant, in their telling, to give hope to others, something I feel we all need now to help us through this pandemic.

But it was not to be. I ended up having to sell a few of these time-honoured paintings and so have decided to sell them all. To add one of these museum quality replications to your own art collection please contact me at georgiayoungs@shaw.ca

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