Ken Tolmie graduated from Mount Allison University with a BFA in 1962. After early experiments with surrealism, in England and Spain in the mid 1960s, he returned to Canada and began to develop a realist style. Living and working in Ottawa for a decade, where his work was shown at The Wells, Lofthouse and Wallack Galleries, as well as the National Gallery of Canada., capturing a part of Canadian life which had rarely been explored visually. The result was the Bridgetown Series, a series of over 500 works to date, which occupied the artist for more than twenty-five years and first necessitated the development of his own gallery. He moved to the Nova Scotia village of Bridgetown and chronicled its small-town life in paintings: local people, farms, domestic scenes, animals. Many works in this series are featured in A Rural Life, published by Oberon Press in 1986, and the series was featured on CBC and TVO several times throughout the 80s. The Owens Art Gallery of Mount Allison University and National Museums Canada sponsored a trans-Canada touring show of the series 1982-84.
During his residence in Nova Scotia, Ken Tolmie was active in the artistic and cultural affairs of the province. He now paints out of Ontario.
The Railway Bridge