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 Tib (Thomas Harold) Beament  (1941 - )



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Lived/Active: Quebec / Canada      Known for: painting, drawing, graphic arts, design, and teaching

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Tib Beament Hommage à Albert Dumouchel.
Hommage à Albert Dumouchel, etching and serigraph on wove paper, image size 20” X 16”, dated 1972. Collection National Gallery of Canada.
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Tib Beament MA, RCA, PDCC (1941)

Tib Beament (AKA: Thomas Harold Beament) is a distinguished Canadian printmaker, painter, draftsman, graphic artist, designer and educator. (1)

He was born in Montreal, Quebec and other than for education and travel has lived within the city’s environs (or within 100 miles) his whole life. (2)

His mediums are oil, acrylic, graphite, aquatint*, etching*, serigraph*, silkscreen*, lithograph*, mixed mediums and batik*.  His subjects are landscape, architecture, figures, nature (insects, birds, animals, flowers), vintage airplanes, humor and as an abstractionist – shape, color and texture.  His styles are Realism*, Abstraction* and Surrealism*. (3)

His advanced art education includes the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Montreal (1959 – 1963, 1964 – 1969) under Albert Dumouchel [see AskART]; Banff School of Fine Arts, Alberta (1960); Accademia Belle Arti, Rome (1963 – 1964); Shirley Wales, Aspremont, France (1964); L’ Atelier libre* de recherches graphics (1966) under Richard Lacroix [see AskART]; and Sir George Williams (now Concordia) University, Montreal (1970 – 1972). (4)

His teaching career includes Miss Edgar's and Miss Cramp's School, Montreal (1966 – 1967); McGill University, Montreal [drawing] (1973 – 1982); and Concordia, University, Montreal [design] (1975 – 1983).

He is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts* [RCA] (1976) and the Print and Drawing Council of Canada*.  He was the Chairman of the RCA Centennial Committee (1978 – 1980) and has been a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation* since 1980. (5)

He exhibited with the RCA from 1964 to 1970; at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in 1961 and 1963; and at the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art in 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1977, 1979 and 1992. (6)

His works were also included in the “4th Biennial” Paris, France (1965); “International Exhibition of Northwest Printmakers”, Seattle, Washington (1965); “1st Biennial Graphics”, Krakow, Poland (1966); “Expo 70” Osaka, Japan (1970); “International Exhibition of Graphics”, Montreal (1971); and the “International Art Fair”, Basel, Switzerland (1974). (7)

Recently, his works were included in the exhibition titled “Bug City” at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Manitoba (2006). (8)

According to the Canadian Heritage Information Network* and individual museum websites, there are Tib Beament works in the permanent collections of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre (Kingston, Ontario), Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), Confederation Centre Art Gallery & Museum (Charlottetown, P.E.I.), Joliette Art Museum (Quebec), Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery (Concordia University, Montreal), Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art (Quebec), Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Quebec), Ottawa Art Gallery (Ontario), Owens Art Gallery (Sackville, N.B.), Quebec Museum of Fine Arts (Quebec City), Vancouver Art Gallery (B.C.), Winnipeg Art Gallery (Manitoba), National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa) and Tate Modern, London, England. (9)

Beament’s awards and honors include a Crerar Scholarship to attend Fettes College, Edinburgh, Scotland (1951 – 1959); two Italian Government Grants (1963, 1964); a Canada Council Grant (1966); two Quebec Government Grants (1966, 1973); and two Greenshields* Grants (1971, 1975). (10)


(1) His father is the artist Thomas Harold Beament (1898 – 1984) [see AskART]; Tib’s name is also Thomas Harold Beament. The father was often referred to as Harold Beament while the son is almost always referred to as Tib Beament. – MDS

(2) Source: The Canadian Heritage Information Network*.

(3) Source: Museum illustrations and descriptions of mediums in the Canadian Heritage Information Network* data base.

(4) Source: Education and teaching dates vary slightly by source, without prejudice we are using those in A Dictionary of Canadian Artists (1974), by Colin S. MacDonald (see AskART book references).

Note: The first contemporary print workshops in Montréal were L'Atelier libre de recherches graphiques (1964) and La Guilde graphique (1966), both founded by Richard Lacroix.  Source: The Canadian Encyclopedia (online) –

(5) Sources: Passionate Spirits: A History of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, 1880 – 1980 (1980), by Rebecca Sisler; Canadian Who’s Who – 1996 (1996), edited by Elizabeth Lumley (see AskART book references); and Fettes College, Edinburgh, Scotland (website) –

(6) Sources: The Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art archived catalogue summaries online; and The Collector's Dictionary of Canadian Artists at Auction (2001), by Anthony R. Westbridge and Diana L. Bodnar (see AskART book references).

(7) Source: A Dictionary of Canadian Artists (1974), by Colin S. MacDonald (see AskART book references).

(8) Source: Art Gallery of Ontario archived catalogue summaries online.

(9) Additional museum sources: Ottawa Art Gallery (Ontario), Owens Art Gallery (Sackville, N.B.) and Tate Modern (London, England).

Note: Who's Who in American Art 1986 published by Jacques Cattell Press and Who's Who in American Art, 1997 – 1998 published by Marquis Who's Who, include the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Art Institute of Chicago as collectors of Beament’s works; our list only includes museums that could be independently verified on the museum’s website or through the Canadian Heritage Information Network* data base.

(10) Source: Canadian Who’s Who1996 (1996), edited by Elizabeth Lumley (see AskART book references).

Note: Ottawa businessman James Peter Crerar (1866 – 1949) attended Fettes College from 1880 to 1884.  He created a scholarship to send Canadian boys to his alma mater.  Source: Roots Ancestry –

* For more in-depth information about these terms and others, see Glossary

Prepared and contributed by M.D. Silverbrooke.

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