Born in Toronto, Tom Chatfield had one ambition as a
youngster in public school - to be a pilot.
Before reaching high school, however, he was
'grounded', permanently, by his art teacher, Marjorie
Hudgins. His number one fan, Miss Hudgins saw enough
potential in young Chatfield to suggest art as a
Chatfield admits, "I forgot about flying and devoted
myself to learning how to draw and paint and it's been
my consuming commitment ever since."
From public school, Chatfield went to Northern
Vocational High School which provided him with a solid
grounding through a spectrum of graphic forms.
Graduating from Northern, he landed a job in the art
department of Famous Players (Theatre), where he
designed newspaper ads by day and by night he attended
the Ontario College of Art (renamed in 1996 to 'Ontario
College of Art & Design').
Eight years at OCA persuaded Chatfield he wanted to be
a portrait painter. But in the 50's, encouraged by a
fellow artist, he turned his attention to landscapes
and once again his art orientation took a definitive
By 1959, Tom Chatfield's vigorously painted landscapes
were conveying enough individual style and impact to
encourage Toronto's Upstairs Gallery to stage his first
one-man show. Since then, he has had more than 60
one-man shows across Canada. Resigning from Famous
Players in 1967, he painted full-time in his
home-studio in Oakville, a few miles west of Toronto.
Chatfield is known world-wide in many art circles and
After retiring from Famous Players, he and his wife
(Esther Chatfield) created their own company, Thomas
Chatfield Investments Ltd., which is still active to
this day. After his passing in 1999, Esther continued
with the company at a reduced level until her passing
in 2003. The company is now run by the surviving family
of Graham Chatfield (Oakville) and Joan Clute (Sault
Early in 2006, the
artistic wizardry of Tom Chatfield re-emerges. It is
our pleasure to announce the Abbozzo Gallery of
Toronto as our local representative. Please click on
the graphic or anywhere on this paragraph for a
discovery visit to the Abbozzo Gallery
A small sampling of Tom Chatfield works is presented
below in thumbnail form. These pictures are copyrighted
and remain the property of Thomas Chatfield Investments
Ltd. All reproduction rights are reserved. Clicking on
a thumbnail will enlarge the picture. Click on the
larger picture to return here.