Emily Carr University artist and professor works to solve mystery of Tom Thomson’s death through clay facial reconstruction

Emily Carr University of Art + Design

from the Regina Leader-Post:

“A hundred years ago this summer, the painter Tom Thomson died in Ontario’s Algonquin Park.

His artistic legacy is unquestioned. Barely five years of serious painting during the First World War produced works, like The West Wind and Northern River, that still inspire the Canadian imagination of wilderness. His contemporary admirers became the Group of Seven, almost in his honour, like apostles carrying on the work of a lost prophet.

But Thomson’s death, a month shy of his 40th birthday, continues to be a source of mystery. Like the Kennedy assassination for Americans, picking through the Thomson theories about murder and grave-robbing has become almost a parlour game. And now, a new art project in honour of the artist’s centenary has added another wrinkle, and perhaps even a chance for modern day fans to look Thomson in the eye, in three dimensions.

Drawing on autopsy photographs of a skull unearthed from a grave that once (at least briefly) contained Thomson’s body, Michael Markowsky, an artist and professor at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, and sculptor Louise Solecki Weir have produced a head that bears an uncanny resemblance to photographs of Thomson.”

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