Harold Thomas Beament
1898 - 1984
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Harold Beament was born in Ottawa in 1898. He attended the Ontario College of Art in 1922 where he trained under J.W Beatty. Beament settle in Montreal, where he was a graphic designer, teacher and commander of a division of RVMRC in peacetime. Beament taught at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art and received the coveted Jessie Dow Prize in 1935 at the Montreal Spring Exhibition. From 1943 to 1947, he was one of the few official war artists for World War II. After retiring from the navy in 1947, Beament embarked upon a journey to live with and study Inuit peoples of Baffin Island. Along with Lawren Harris and A. Y. Jackson, he was one of the first artists to explore the Arctic and the culture of the Inuit people. It was during these trips that Beament produced the paintings for which he is most famous and introduced Canadians to a people living in one of the most remote locations on Earth.
In 1955, Beament was honoured to design a series of ten-cent stamps with Inuit figures for Canada Post. He became an associate of the Royal Canadian Academy in 1936 and full member in 1947. He served as president from 1964 to 1967.