|This biography from the Archives of AskART:|
|Thomas Hilton Garside was a painter and draftsman* known for his landscapes of southern Quebec.|
He was born in Dukinfield, England (five miles east of
Manchester). His family emigrated to Montreal (Westmount area),
Quebec, Canada in 1914, which is where he lived the rest of his life.
His primary medium was oil paint. However, he also worked in
watercolor, pastel, pencil and charcoal. His subjects were
landscapes, snow scenes, country life, cityscapes, harbors, genre*,
portraits and still life. The locations included southern Quebec
in the areas along the St. Lawrence River known as the Charlevoix, the
Eastern Townships and the Laurentian Mountains. He also painted
in Newfoundland and Cape Cod, Massachusetts (2). His style could be
described as Impressionism*. AskART has some very good illustrations of
his typical work.
He studied at the Council of Arts and Manufactures School, Montreal (at
the Monument National) under Edmond Dyonnet (3) and Adam Sherriff-Scott
and at the Art Association of Montreal (4) under Paul Caron and William
Hughes Taylor (5). The influence of all four teachers, as
seen in the illustrations of their work on their AskART pages, can be
detected in the chosen subjects and style of Garside’s paintings.
In 1945 he became an Associate of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts*
(6), and exhibited with them from 1937 to 1953. He also exhibited
with the Art Association of Montreal from 1934 to 1939 (7).
His private gallery exhibitions include the Stevens Art Gallery
(Montreal) in 1945 and the Continental Galleries (Montreal) in 1949 and
According to the Canadian Heritage Information Network* examples of his
work are in the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Quebec
(Quebec City) and the Sherbrooke Museum (Quebec). His work is also
listed in the collections of the Dalhousie Art Gallery (Halifax, N.S.)
and the Owens Art Gallery (Sackville, N.B.) (9).
(1) All sources agree on these dates and locations (see AskART book
references). However, most sources spell his birth place "
Duckinfield", we could only find "Dukinfield, Cheshire, England" in
Google Maps. We could not find any source with the location of his
(2) Source: A Dictionary of Canadian Artists (1974), by Colin S. MacDonald (see AskART book references).
(3) All artists mentioned in this biography have their own pages in AskART.
(4) The AAM became the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in 1948.
(5) Source: The Collector's Dictionary of Canadian Artists at Auction (2001), by Anthony R. Westbridge and Diana L. Bodnar (see AskART book references).
(6) Source: Passionate Spirits: A History of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, 1880 – 1980 by Rebecca Sisler (see AskART book references).
(7) Source for RCA and AAM exhibitions: The Collector's Dictionary of Canadian Artists at Auction (2001), by Anthony R. Westbridge and Diana L. Bodnar and Montreal Museum of Fine Arts formerly Art Association of Montreal - Spring Exhibitions 1880 - 1970
(1988), by Evelyn de R. McMann (see AskART book references).
Author’s note: Some credible sources say he was included in Ontario
Society of Artists* exhibitions. However our search, using the
Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art (CCCA) database of OSA exhibition
catalogues (accessible online), found none.
(8) Source: A Dictionary of Canadian Artists (1974), by Colin S. MacDonald (see AskART book references).
(9) Sources: http://www.mta.ca/owens/collections/a_z/index.php and http://artgallery.dal.ca/collection/toc/Artist/G.html.
* For more in-depth information about these terms and others, see
Prepared and contributed by M.D. Silverbrooke.
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